IPL: NADA, UAE to carry out dope testing

New Delhi, Aug 13 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 8/13/2020 1:19:27 PM IST

The Indian Premier League (IPL) Season 13 is going to be different from quite a few aspects. While it would be the first time that a full season will be played in the UAE, the players will also be subjected to random dope tests during the course of the season.

The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) and UAE’s National Anti-Doping Committee (NADO) have joined hands to conduct dope tests of players in the T20 league this season.

The Standard Operating Procedures that will be followed in UAE during IPL will be of NADO’s, with both in out-of-competition testing to be done, as reported by the Times of India. With these being COVID-19 times, the testing will be no-contact and the local authorities will be educated about the same.

NADA is set to send some of its Dope Control Officers (DCOs) to the UAE and they too will be quarantined upon arrival in the region before the testing process can begin. There are suggestions that they could be made to stay in the BCCI’s bio-secure bubble but alternatively, UAE’s NADO could also make separate arrangements for them. Whatever the case may be, it will be NADA who would bear the entire cost of these DCOs.

The cost of testing each sample in Doha laboratory has been reported to be USD 350 which is an issue for NADA. The anti-doping watchdog of India, hence, might look to conduct only a limited number of tests. 

It would be the first time that NADA will be doing dope testing of IPL players. Previously, it was a Sweden-based International Dope Test and Management (IDTM) that did the testing for cricketers involved in the T20 league.

“We will be conducting the dope testing at the IPL like any other BCCI event, following the health and safety protocols. We will be organising the DCOs trip, either from India or the UAE or both to the match venues. NADA has discussed the issue with the UAE NADO and some amount of understanding has already been reached. We are waiting for the IPL governing council to finalise the tournament fixtures to plan accordingly,” NADA director general, Navin Agarwal, told TOI.


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