Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja. (Photo credit: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
NEW DELHI: Centrally-contracted Indian cricketers Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja, KL Rahul, Smriti Mandhana and Deepti Sharma’s failure to disclose their whereabouts details won’t be counted as a doping offence.
The National Anti-Doping Agency (Nada) has let the cricketers off with a simple “warning” after accepting the Indian cricket board’s (BCCI) contention that the whereabouts’ ‘filing failure’ happened due to the password glitch and inability to access the BCCI office due to the lockdown, TOI has learnt.
For the Nada, the issue has been “closed” and there won’t be any sanctions. According to sources in Nada, the decision to let the cricketers off was arrived at in consultation with the International Cricket Council (ICC), as well as the Nada’s own assessment of reasons provided by the board.
However, the cricketers and the BCCI will have to be more alert in the future and any such negligence will be counted as the first filing failure.
Nada Director General, Navin Agarwal, confirmed the development to TOI: “They (cricketers, BCCI) had a genuine reason. We found their explanation cogent. The matter is closed. They will soon be formally notified.” With regards to other athletes, who have been served notices, Agarwal informed that some of them will be issued a notice of filing failure of ADRV as their reasons weren’t found to be genuine.
7 KIUG medallists fail dope tests:
Seven medallists at the first-ever Khelo India University Games (KIUG), which was held from February 22 to March 1 in Bhubaneswar, have returned dope positive and have been provisionally suspended.
Their medals will be forfeited if found guilty at the disciplinary hearing.
These include weightlifters, wrestlers, kabaddi players and one female track and field athlete. At last year’s Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG), 15 junior athletes had failed the dope tests.