NADA has started sample collections of players at IPL 2020 for doping tests.© BCCI / IPL
The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) said on Monday it has begun collecting samples from players competing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the UAE after hiring staff from Dubai. The agency posted a tweet to confirm the move. “NADA India had engaged sample collection personnel in Dubai for doping tests of cricketers participating in IPL 2020. We have already started doping tests on both Indian and international cricketers participating in IPL,” NADA tweeted from its official contact.
When NADA DG Naveen Agarwal was asked, he told PTI, “The sample collection of players for testing dope has already started a few days ago. I wouldn’t comment further.”
It is clear that NADA’s own Dope Control Officers (DCOs), who are scheduled to fly to the UAE in the second week of September, are awaiting the necessary approval for the trip.
The BCCI fell under the purview of NADA last year, and since then, the agency has replaced its DCOs at domestic and international home collection competitions.
NADA will likely send samples for testing at the WADA-accredited laboratory in Doha.
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