NADA Test: BCCI succumbed to sports ministry, board agreed to cricketers’ NADA test: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has finally agreed to conduct a dope test of its cricketers under the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA). The BCCI will now have to conduct a dope test of all cricketers under NADA.
A BCCI official confirmed this to IANS that the Sports Ministry has a clear say that only NADA will test all players.
The official said, “After BCCI CEO Rahul Johri met with people related to the ministry said that only NADA will test cricket players. The BCCI demanded that the process be done before it, but the Sports Ministry said that it would look into the matter and adopt a process that would make the BCCI happy as well. ”
Significantly, the BCCI had been refusing to test its cricketers through NADA for a long time. The Board of India claimed that it is an autonomous body and not the National Sports Association nor does it get any funding from the government.
However, the Sports Ministry was adamant that the BCCI would have to come under NADA.
The BCCI’s decision comes after the decision in which it suspended the Indian team and Mumbai opener Prithvi Shaw due to anti-doping rules.
Nada then clarified that the board did not have the authority to test the players.