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2011 Cricket World Cup subject to WADA code

October 02, 2010 15:01 IST

The World Anti-Doping Agency on Saturday confirmed that the 2011 Cricket World Cup will be subject to the world body's anti-doping code.

"Because that event is going to be run by the International Cricket Council it will be subject to the rules and testing will take place according to the rules," WADA director general David Howman said in New Delhi.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India and the ICC had a long stand-off over the anti-doping code after the former refused to accept it. However, in July the deadlock was finally broken and the ICC agreed to launch the WADA-compliant code in cricket with a modified whereabouts clause.

The sport's governing body believes it was important to introduce the anti-doping code if cricket wanted to make world events like the Olympics which would help it grow globally.

Indian players and a few from other countries were reluctant to sign the controversial 'whereabouts' clause citing security reasons and infringement of privacy during the off-season.

The WADA whereabouts clause requires the athletes to give details of their location three months in advance for out-of-competition testing.

Howman refused to go in the details about the concerns of Indian cricketers and said if BCCI has any concerns it should approach the ICC.

"I can tell you about the ICC. I can't tell you about the BCCI because they don't come under our umbrella, but the ICC does.

"They now have rules in place which are now compliant with the WADA code including the whereabouts clause. It is responsibility of the international body to deal with its members," he said.

Harish Kotian in New Delhi