Rahul, Jadeja, Pujara get NADA notices during lockdown; BCCI explains
NADA notices were issued to Indian cricketers on whereabouts clause. Here is what the BCCI said
Bengaluru: Indian cricketers KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja and Cheteshwar Pujara have been issued notices by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) amid the coronavirus lockdown in the country.
Also, notices were issued to Indian women cricketers Smriti Mandhana and Deepti Sharma. All the five players received notices after failing to disclose their whereabouts. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said the delay was due to a “password glitch”.
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The five cricketers are part of the 110 strong National Registered Testing Pool (NRTP). Speaking to news agency PTI, NADA DG Navin Agarwal confirmed that BCCI has sent an official explanation for their five NRTP players’ failure to submit whereabouts.
“There are two ways to fill up the whereabouts form in the ADAMS (Anti Doping Administration & Management Systems) software. Either athlete does it himself or association fills it up on his or her behalf,” Agarwal said.
“Now athletes in some discipline aren’t educated enough or do not have access to internet and find themselves unable to handle the whereabouts clause of the ADAMS or upload the filled up form.
“They use assistance of their concerned federations. So federations have accepted responsibility of uploading their whereabouts,” Agarwal added.
A BCCI veteran, who has been privy to cricket operations, asked why the five cricketers were not told to upload the form themselves.
“This was lockdown period where they are not living out of suitcases. Some of the names have also engaged in multiple Instagram chats and podcasts which their agents are managing,” he said.
“If cricket operations team were having a glitch in fixing password, well the five cricketers could have been asked to do so and they would have done it individually with some guidance. Probably NADA would be lenient this time but if it becomes an official warning, then who is responsible,” he added.
(With inputs from PTI)