Budding cricketers attend anti-doping awareness programme
In a bid to spread anti-doping awareness among players, the Indian Junior Players League (IJPL) committee members have made a list of substances that can lead to the suspension of players during the league.
Any player who is found playing at an extraordinary level may be picked for the doping test to ensure that he has not taken any performance enhancing drug.
The website of the league has the list of prohibited substances published by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for 2016.
The anti- doping code will provide an effective means to ensure that all participants conduct themselves in an appropriate manner and restrain from any violation of the code, an official of the IJPL said.
Shresth Khattar, 17, from Hisar said, “I was not even aware of the banned substances. This is the first time I have heard about these drugs that are not to be taken while playing or practising.”
Another player Sumit Kumar, 17, from Karnal said, “We had just heard that drugs are banned but we did not know details of the drugs. The camp has given us information about the substances.”
The policy also said it is each player’s duty to ensure that no prohibited substance or its metabolites enter his body. If any substance is found in the sample collected from any player, he cannot give a valid defence for his negligence or lack knowledge, an official said.
“We have various mechanisms in place to ensure impartiality and fairness in the selection process and the entire league. We have various high-powered committees to monitor and control the event and eliminate the possibility doping and corruption,” Dinesh Kapoor, managing director of Grace India Sports and Fitness World, said.
“The test will be conducted with due regard to the age of the players. Such testing shall be conducted in the presence of their guardians and with their consent. But, no guardian can withhold their consent on unreasonable grounds,” Kapoor said.