Call it utter unprofessionalism by the concerned or just Coved-19 afflicted pangs, dope testing in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) is yet to begin. It’s been 3 weeks since IPL 2020 started in UAE, but dope testing in this world class event is yet to start according to a report by TOI.
The report says, that sample collections of the cricketers is yet to begin because anti doping watchdog, the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) officials are yet to travel to the UAE.
The reason give by NADA for inaction is more bizarre. According to the report, NADA is still awaiting clearances from various Central government departments for its dope control officers (DCO’S) to travel to UAE. As the clearances have not come in so the officials who were scheduled to travel on September 19th to UAE could not travel according to NADA.
Though the entire IPL jamboree including BCCI officials, IPL teams, management, event officials managed to travel to UAE for IPL 2020, it is hard to believe that NADA officials could not procure government clearances on time.
According to the report, NADA is now looking to get the required permissions in place to enable its DCOs to fly out to Dubai or Sharjah by next week, NADA had planned to send three teams in different batches for the tournament, comprising of a lead DCO from its Delhi headquarter, two assistant DCOs and two local chaperones provided by the UAE’s anti-doping agency (NADO).
However, the official leading the first batch is still at the NADA office.
IPL 2020 : NADA was suppose to set five Dope Control Stations in UAE and test minimum 50 cricketers
NADA according to the earlier report was suppose to set up a total of five ‘Dope Control Stations’ (DCS) in the UAE for carrying out its anti-doping activities – one DCS each at the three competition venues in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, and one such centre at each of the two designated training venues – ICC Academy in Dubai and Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Other than this agency was planning to take total of 50 samples of cricketers during the tournament.
But for now all is on hold and IPL 2020 goes on in UAE without following WADA norms.