New Delhi, Aug.2 (ANI): The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Sunday expressed its concern over the Board of Control for Cricket in India's decision rejecting a WADA clause which makes it mandatory for the Indian cricketers to be available for out of competition testing.
The Indian cricketers have refused to sign the "whereabout" clause which requires them to furnish information about their location three months in advance for out of competition tests, claiming that it infringes on their privacy.
On Sunday, WADA President John Fahey said that he was concerned of the Indian Board backing its players who objected to the "whereabouts" clause, which requires them to furnish information about their location three months in advance for out of competition tests.
"WADA laments the decision of the BCCI and is concerned by it," Fahey said in an e-mail reply.
"WADA expects that Indian cricketers and the BCCI will understand that, as the ambassadors and guardians of their sport, they have a duty to protect its integrity and will see the benefits of cooperating with the ICC to enforce the World Anti-Doping Code like the rest of the world," Fahey added.
"One of the key principles of efficient doping control is the possibility to test an athlete without advance notice, and athlete whereabouts information is crucial to ensure that surprise effect. Out-of-competition doping controls are one of the most powerful means of deterrence and detection of doping ... an important step in strengthening athlete and public confidence in doping-free sport," Fahey further added.
The WADA Anti-doping Code has been already accepted by 571 sporting organisations, including International Olympic Committee, International Paralympic Committee and International Sports Federation. (ANI)