International Cricket Council Chairman Shashank Manohar has been entrusted with the task of discussing the WADA-NADA compliance issue with the Board of Control for Cricket in India, or the board’s Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators.
The BCCI as reported earlier is not keen to work with the Indian National Anti-Doping Agency NADA. This stand amounts to non-compliance of the World Anti-Doping Agency directives against doping in sports and may lead to derailment of the process to include cricket in the Olympics.
The issue, however, is urgent and needed to be closed before the Compliance Review Committee of WADA in Lausanne on March 12, according to a Mumbai Mirror report. Time may be running out for the ICC and the BCCI to comply with the WADA condition of granting access to NADA or give up hopes of cricket’s inclusion in the Olympics states the report.
The urgency of the matter has forced ICC chairman Manohar to step in. The ICC has conveyed the concern to the BCCI CEO Rahul Johri, who is expected to brief the COA members at their meeting in the Capital today (Thursday).
Johri is reportedly also organising an audience with the ICC chairman, who will explain to the BCCI office-bearers and the CoA members about the need to be WADA-NADA compliant.