The Punjab government is not ready to clear the fog over the measures that would be taken to ensure that the 4th World Kabbadi Cup (WKC), scheduled to kick off here on November 30, remains dope-free.
Although the state government is making tall claims to keep the tourney free of doping sting, but foreign teams have been enjoying ‘liberal’ rules in this regard.
Unlike Indian team, none of the foreign teams will appear before the world anti-dope agency (WADA) or any other certified national agency of the respective countries before coming to India to participate in the tournament.
Only Indian men and women Kabbadi teams have been scanned by the national anti-doping agency (NADA) and the results of the scanning are still awaited. Samples of 20 players each of both the teams had been taken by the NADA.
Repeated claims of the government in the media that all measures have been taken to keep the tournament free of dope sting disguise the fact that all foreign teams will join the marching parade during the inauguration ceremony without any prior doping test.
This could be a disadvantage for the players.
Last year, the Punjab government had claimed that it would seek a dope certificate from the teams before coming to India to participate in the tournament but, later, the idea was dropped. Officials are silent on this aspect this year again.
Sources said, a doping scan would have ousted many teams from the tournament before coming to India as it was not easy to meet international standards meant for dope tests.
“Teams of the NADA will remain present during the tournament and will test the players for dope according to their rules and regulations,” said cabinet minister Sikander Singh Maluka, vice-president of the world cup organising committee.
However, he avoided an answer as to why only the Indian teams were subjected to test before the start of the matches.
It is interesting to note that NADA teams are not supposed to test each and every player after the WKC commences. Only random tests would be conducted leaving out most of the players.