Anti-Doping measures at IPL: NADA may outsource pattern assortment

New Delhi, July 29

In cost of dope management on the IPL for the primary time, the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) might need to outsource the duty of pattern assortment given the excessive value of dealing with the train when the occasion is held within the UAE.

The subsequent best choice for NADA will probably be utilizing the providers of the UAE’s National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO) or contact Sweden’s International Dope Test and Management (IDTM) which has achieved pattern assortment and testing for the final 12 seasons of the IPL.

The BCCI got here beneath NADA’s ambit from the third quarter of 2019, making this 12 months the primary time that the company will deal with pattern assortment through the IPL, to be held from September 19 to November 8.

The COVID-19 pandemic has compelled the BCCI to shift the event to the UAE, offered it will get the ultimate approval from the Home Ministry.

“It is expected that the approved schedule will be out next week and once we send it to NADA, they can take a call. It’s completely their call as they will have to bear the cost of sample collection and transportation,” a senior BCCI official stated on situation of anonymity.

When contacted, NADA DG Navin Agarwal did not expose a lot other than saying “we will let you know once we decide on the issue”.

Till the 2019 IPL, BCCI bore the price of pattern assortment and testing with the World Anti-Doping Agency-approved IDTM in cost.

There are just a few choices that NADA has in response to those that are effectively abreast with the workings of the company.

Outsourcing pattern assortment

This is probably the most cost-effective measure the place NADO will gather the pattern and transport it to the WADA-accredited laboratory in Doha. NADA has been sending collected samples to this lab ever because the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) was suspended by WADA.

“This is the most convenient option in terms of checking the cost and sample transportation. NADA foots the bill which will be much lower,” stated a supply aware of the developments.

In any case, the Dope Control Officers (DCOs) employed by the NADA aren’t organisation’s employees and are employed on a contractual foundation.

NADA sends DCOs to UAE

Another possibility is that NADA sends no less than three to four DCOs to the UAE at its personal value for pattern assortment. It is anticipated that these DCOs will keep on the bio-secure facility created by the BCCI, which will probably be totally different from those created by the franchises for his or her gamers. The tab must be picked by the NADA as value will run into lakhs.

With the company already wanting target-testing throughout an Olympic 12 months because of the pandemic-forced lockdown and dealing on a selected price range, spending an enormous quantity on testing gamers on the IPL might not be a clever concept, in response to specialists.

“When Indian athletes train in Europe or the USA, does NADA send DCOs for sample collection in those countries?” requested one in every of them. PTI

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