WADA's 'whereabout' clause is not infringement on players' privacy: Gill

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New Delhi, Aug 3 (ANI): Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports MS Gill on Monday came out in support of the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) after the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) backs its players' refusal to sign up the directive.

"WADA's 'whereabout' clause is not an infringement on players' privacy. All sportspersons should cooperate with them," Gill said.

The minister said this while addressing the media during a conference of State Ministers of Youth Affairs and Sports in the national capital New Delhi on Monday.

Gill further said that the ministry completely supports the world Olympic body.

"Our view is to support the world Olympic body, this was mentioned by International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge, at the Beijing opening ceremony also because the world is concerned about dope and its problems for sports people. And, we support it," Gill said.

Controversy has been mounting following the WADA's contentious 'whereabouts' clause in the anti-doping code, as BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) and India's top cricketers have raised objection.

The players have refused to disclose their whereabouts in advance as required in the clause, terming it as unjust and infringement on the players' right to privacy.

"If anybody has any technical argument, they should certainly talk about it with WADA, and I am sure WADA will try to adjust but it won't be done, as I can guess, for a set of people only. It will be done for the sportsmen of the world," Gill said. (ANI)

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