Dealing with doping: On BCCI consent to
come under WADA (The Hindu)
Mains Paper 2: Governance
Prelims level: World Anti-Doping Agency
Mains level: Combat anti dope measures taken by World Anti-Doping Agency
- Sport is expected to operate at a higher moral plane where the effort is
honest and transparency remains an abiding principle.
- It is a utopian ideal leaning on pure performance, copious sweat and
- But in a practical world greased with greed, besides match-fixing, there
is another terrible offence: ingestion of performance-enhancing drugs.
- Athletes like Canada’s Ben Johnson were labelled as drug-cheats and
rightly denied their Olympic medals.
About World Anti-Doping Agency
- The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), since its inception in 1999, has
imposed stringent measures so that sport stays drug-free.
- In India, WADA’s rules have been enforced by the Government-run National
Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) and almost all sports federations had fallen in
line except one behemoth — the Board of Control for Cricket inIndia (BCCI).
- But that aberration was erased as the BCCI accepted NADA’s supervision
following a meeting between its CEO Rahul Johri, General Manager Saba Karim
and Sports Ministry officials led by Sports Secretary Radhey Shyam Julaniya.
- Indian cricket’s governing body finally agreed to subject its players to
NADA’s testing routines. Before its turn-around, the BCCI had resisted
- The main objection pertained to the ‘where-abouts’ clause, which made it
mandatory for a player to reveal where he would be on a daily basis.
- The need for privacy was offered as an excuse.
Recent dope test incident
- Earlier, the BCCI had its in-house dope-tests but it only lent credence
to the allegations about conflict of interest.
- The issue came to a boil when Prithvi Shaw was given a back-dated
eight-month suspension after he tested positive for a banned drug,
- The 19-year-old batsman, who was checked in February, claimed that the
substance was present in an over-the-counter cough syrup.
- Shaw’s excuse and the BCCI’s quick acceptance of his self-medication,
- It is either naivety or a classic cover-up from an Indian cricketer, who
had been advised about the chemicals that have to be avoided even for
- The silver-lining is that the episode hastened the BCCI’s move into the
NADA’s ambit and also cleared the decks for the Indian women’s cricket team
to compete in the 2022 Commonwealth Games at Birmingham.
- With the BCCI belatedly allowing NADA to monitor its domestic
cricketers, by extension the International Cricket Council too has finally
come under the WADA’s unerring gaze.
- In these hyper-kinetic times, it is a fallacy to stress that cricket is
just a reflection of skill and that drug-enhanced muscular efficiency cannot
influence match results.
- Sport has to be a level playing-field and it is finally one with the
willow-game subjecting itself to universal drug-testing rules.
Q.1) Consider the following statements with reference to the Sharada Peeth:
1. It is in the Garhwal Himalayas, Uttarakhand, on the banks of the
2. It is one of the 18 Maha Shakti Peethas throughout South Asia that
commemorate the location of fallen body parts of the Hindu deity Sati.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. All the above
Q.1) How Cricket bodies must keep the game free of performance enhancing drugs?