Sachin is not superior to Federer or Phelps

Written by: Rajesh Krishna
Published: Thursday, August 6, 2009, 10:58 [IST]
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Sachin is not superior to Federer

The BCCI and its players have become an embarrassment to India, Indians and to the sports fraternity as whole. Indian Cricket Board is using their money power for taking an unreasonable stand with WADA.  BCCI backed its players and refused to accept the anti-doping rule WADA.

Now the question is why Indian cricketers refuse to sign a clause that which is signed by most of the sports persons in the word. If the same clause has been accepted by Federer, Nadal, Phelps, Venus Williams and Bolt, then why do the cricketers have to object?

Indian Sports Minister MS Gill and Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra, Tennis sensation Sania Mirza have already come out in open favour of the code.

These players who have signed wada strictly adhere to its rules and regulations and they don't have any problem. If other top athletes and sports persons in India don't have a problem, why the cricketers can't agree to the clause.

BCCI's and Indian cricketers stand has created an embarrassing situation for the ICC. This effective rule against doping would become toothless if a few more boards follow the Indian board"s footsteps.

Can Indian cricketers and BCCI do something which moves a step closer to a dope free sport?

It is to be remembered that whereabouts clause of WADA  has been accepted by more than 500 international sports organisations in this world. They have all joined in WADA to create a dope-free world. In-fact Indian cricketers should have signed this clause first because they all knew that cricket world is not free from the doping.

The whereabouts clause in the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) rule would ensure that the team BCCI and other authorities are aware about the whereabouts of the players. This would help tracing them simpler in case of any emergency. Indian cricketers were unhappy with the whereabouts clause of WADA and believes that that it will affect that security.

What about the security measures when they go for commercial soots? BCCI and the concerned authorities informed when they go to shoot for the plenty advertisements?

There are certain rules that need to accept by the all sports persons in the world. Indian cricketers are no different and they should also follow them.

For future generations, Sachin is not only the benchmark for cricketing excellence, but he also represents the moralities and values of sports.

By openly rejecting the WADA, Sachin Tendulkar has harmed his reputation. That's pity. He could have become role model to other sports persons by signing the law.

For Indians, Sachin is next to God, But, I am sorry to say that even they feel they are let down by him on this count.

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