IPL sets in motion process of doping inquiry

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Mumbai, July 14 (UNI) Confirming the receipt of one of the IPL players testing positive for dope, DLF Indian Premier League Chairman and Commissioner Lalit Modi today said IPL would strictly follow its anti doping policy based on the International Cricket Council (ICC) code.

In a release issued here, Mr Modi said IPL was aware of an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) from the recently concluded DLF Indian Premier League 2008, reported by Switzerland-based Laboratories Suisse d'Analyse du Dopage-Institute unviersitaire de medecine leagale. The testing Laboratory has come back to IPL stating that one of the players had tested positive for a banned substance, he said.

IPL had conducted random tests on players at the DLF Indian Premier League tournament. The tests were conducted by IDTM, Sweden- based independent agency, which organised the anti-doping testing in accordance with World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) standards. IDTM, which had randomly conducted test during the DLF Indian Premier League had forwarded the tests to the WADA approved Swiss laboratory.

Mr Modi said as soon as IPL officially receives the result from the lab it would marry those results with the data collected by IDTM to identify the player and also to see if that particular player had applied for and was granted a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) for that particular drug. Should the player have a valid TUE there would be no case to answer and the name of the player will not be released. This would be done by the IPL medical committee, he said.

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