Indian Sports Ministry’s revised sports bill

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After continues pressure coming from the Board of control of cricket in India, the Indian sports ministry has decided to excuse cricket players from some of the WADA (World Anti Doping Agency) rules, that also includes the contentious ‘whereabouts clause’, in the revised National Sports Development Bill.

Ajay Maken the sports minister told reporters that new revised bill would give allowance to national bodies to follow the rules of their international federations which are in conflict with the WADA norms.

He said “In view of the BCCI’s objections, we have decided to exempt cricketers from some anti-doping norms. The ICC does not follow some WADA norms and in these cases the rules of international federation, in this case the ICC, will prevail over the WADA Code. It is not that the WADA Code will not apply to cricketers but in those cases where there is conflict, the ICC rules will prevail. It is also not an exemption to BCCI; it is to the ICC,”

In the year 2010, ICC shunned the controversial whereabouts’ clause of WADA, which made it essential for the cricketers to present information of their availability for test for few hours in a day for three months in advance.

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