Anti-doping measures at IPL: NADA might outsource sample collection


By: PTI |

Published: July 29, 2020 8:39:45 pm

Till the 2019 IPL, BCCI bore the price of sample collection and testing with the WADA-approved IDTM in cost. (Source: File)

In cost of dope management at the IPL for the very first time, the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) might should outsource the duty of sample collection given the excessive value of dealing with the train when the occasion is held within the UAE.

The subsequent best choice for NADA will likely be utilizing the providers of UAE’s National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO) or contact Sweden’s International Dope Test and Management (IDTM) which has performed sample collection 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 sample collection throughout 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, supplied 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 instructed PTI on circumstances of anonymity.

When PTI approached NADA DG Navin Agarwal on the problem, he didn’t reveal a lot other than “we will let you know once we decide on the issue”.

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

There are just a few choices that NADA has in accordance with those that are nicely abreast with the workings of the company.

Outsourcing sample collection to UAE NADO

This is probably the most cost-effective measure the place NADO will gather the sample 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,” a supply aware of the developments stated.

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

NADA sends DCOs to UAE

Another choice is that NADA sends at least three to four DCOs to the UAE at its personal value for sample collection. It is anticipated that these DCOs will keep at the bio-secure facility created by the BCCI, which will likely be totally different from those created by the franchises for his or her gamers. The tab must be picked by 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 particular funds, spending an enormous quantity on testing gamers at the IPL is probably not a clever concept, in accordance with consultants.

“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.

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