NADA has actually currently been in touch with its UAE equivalent and, according to the preliminary talks, the cricketers will be subjected to both in and out-of-competition screening, with maximum focus on bring out a no-contact testing in accordance with limitations put by regional health authorities to guarantee defense of dcos and cricketers. According to the understanding, NADA would be looking at sending out some of its DCOs, who will then be quarantined and put in a self-isolation period for a week in accordance with the SOPs put in place by the UAE NADO and local health authorities. As per the thought-out plan, the NADA DCOs, upon their arrival in the UAE, might either be remaining at the BCCIs own bio-secure bubble, which it would develop for its set of travelling office-bearers. Theres a possibility that the locally-based DCOs in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah would be engaged to carry out optimal sample collection at their particular places to minimise the cost element, while the NADA DCOs might look to conduct testing at one of the locations, which will act as their base.

NEW DELHI: The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) has actually reached an understanding with the UAEs National Anti-Doping Committee (NADO), wherein the two anti-doping guard dogs will jointly perform the dope sample collection of cricketers during the Indian Premier League (IPL) T20 competition in the Emirates, starting next month. The IPL will be played in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah from September 19 to November 10. UAE NADOs Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) will be followed all time by the dope control officers (DCOs) of 2 nations while gathering the urine samples of taking part cricketers, TOI has actually found out. NADA has actually already been in touch with its UAE counterpart and, according to the initial talks, the cricketers will be subjected to both in and out-of-competition testing, with maximum focus on performing a no-contact testing in accordance with restrictions placed by regional health authorities to ensure security of dcos and cricketers. The no-contact treatment would indicate that the DCO will place the urine sample container package at a designated location– either place, resort or hotel– in the presence of a cricketer selected for testing and the cricketer, in turn, will return the container with the sample of his urine at the exact same designated spot within a specified time period. Throughout the process, the cricketer will ensure to the DCO that he is alone, with no other specific around. According to the understanding, NADA would be looking at sending out a few of its DCOs, who will then be quarantined and put in a self-isolation duration for a week in accordance with the SOPs put in location by the UAE NADO and local health authorities. According to the thought-out arrangement, the NADA DCOs, upon their arrival in the UAE, might either be staying at the BCCIs own bio-secure bubble, which it would produce for its set of travelling office-bearers. If not, then additionally, the UAEs NADO will make the arrangement for the checking out DCOs at one of their domestic centers. Theres a possibility that the locally-based DCOs in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah would be engaged to carry out optimal sample collection at their respective locations to reduce the expense element, while the NADA DCOs may look to conduct testing at one of the venues, which will act as their base. NADA will be bearing the flight and accommodation expenditures of its DCOs during their partial or entire stay for the competition. The cost of sample collection and carrying them to Qatars Doha lab would also be NADAs duty. Theres an idea that NADA might aim to perform a specific, very limited variety of sample collections, given the high expense of screening ($350 for each sample test) in the Doha lab. Considering that the 8 franchises will be developing their extravagant and special bio-secure bubble, by renting elegant vacation homes, hotels and resorts, NADA will not be having that much of money power to spend on their DCOs to make them remain in such bubbles. BCCI and franchises will not be bearing the expense of DCOs. In the previous 12 seasons of the IPL, Sweden-based International Dope Test and Management (IDTM) did the sample collection and testing as part of the BCCIs private dope testing arm. During those occasions, BCCI paid for the sample collection and screening. This will be NADAs first testing season with the IPL and the countrys premier anti-doping watchdog has actually dismissed any possibility of the ITDM associating with the sample collection. NADA has notified the BCCI that it will be performing the doping activities, in spite of the IPL being the private and expert league and not part of the ICCs Future Tours Program (FTP). However since the IPL is BCCIs domestic event, NADA will be the nodal authority for sample collection and testing. According to sources, the ITDM would have only entered the image had NADA declined to perform the screening to the BCCI, pointing out the shift of the tournament to a foreign land. “We will be conducting the dope testing at the IPL like any other BCCI occasion, following the health and security procedures. We will be arranging the DCOs trip, either from India or the UAE or both to the match venues. NADA has discussed the issue with the UAE NADO and some amount of understanding has already been reached. We are waiting on the IPL governing council to finalise the competition fixtures to plan appropriately,” NADA director general, Navin Agarwal, informed TOI.

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