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Cricketers' samples to be checked during Champions Trophy

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, May 5 (UNI) Cricket, by and large, may have succeeded in steering clear of the doping stigma but BCCI is not taking any chances and with India yet to get a full-fledged WADA accredited laboratory, the Board will send cricketers' samples to Kuala Lumpur during the Champions Trophy.

Talking to reporters here today, senior BCCI official I S Bindra said, ''We don't have any WADA accredited laboratory here and the nearest one is in Kuala Lumpur. So we will send the samples there and get those checked during the Champions Trophy in October-November.'' ''We have a Sports Authority of India laboratory here but that's not accredited by the World Anti-Doping Authority and so we have no other option but to send the samples abroad,' he said.

Asked whether BCCI would take initiative to facilitate setting up of any WADA laboratory here, especially with India hosting most of the 2011 World Cup matches, Mr Bindra said, ''BCCI can't set up that. If any organisation comes up with a laboratory by 2011, they are welcome.'' UNI AY PG PM1816

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