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Players giving silly reasons for not signing code: Experts
PTI
New Delhi, August 04, 2009
First Published: 17:22 IST(4/8/2009)
Last Updated: 17:23 IST(4/8/2009)

India's star cricketers on Tuesday came under sharp attack for refusing to sign an anti-doping clause from sports medicine experts who said that the arguments put forward for not signing the WADA code were "silly and absurd".

The experts said there was no justification for the BCCI and the players to reject the code which has been accepted by international sports bodies.

"It is ignorance of the WADA system which probably has led to such a decision. The BCCI and the cricketers have no idea about the rules and regulations and that is why they have created such a situation," Dr Manish Chand, the Director of Dope Control for the 2010 Commonwealth Games told PTI.

Other sports medicines experts also ridiculed the BCCI for putting up "absolutely silly reasons" for not signing the 'Whereabouts Requirement' clause which makes it mandatory for sportspersons to disclose their location three months in advance for out of competition dope tests.

While Dr PSN Chandran, a leading sports medicine expert who has been involved with the Sports Authority of India's anti-doping program, termed the cricketers' decision as a "virtual revolt", another expert Jaspal S Sandhu said the BCCI reasoning is absurd.


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