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There has been no dope testing organised for players participating in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) leg of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.

BCCI Chief Sourav Ganguly
BCCI Chief Sourav Ganguly (Image Credit: Twitter)

National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) which organises all the doping control programmes in India hasn’t sent any of their off Dope Control Officers (DOCs) to United Arab Emirates (UAE). Notably, The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) failed to reach understanding for the collection of samples during Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.

Dope Control Officers (DOCs) Found Covid-19 Positive During IPL 2021

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BCCI Secretary Jay Shah (Image Credit: Twitter)

During the first phase of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 in April one of the Dope Control Officers (DOCs) was found Covid-19 positive despite being part of the strict bio-bubble which has made The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) sceptical about Dope testing.

Ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) decided to establish as many as three Dope Control Stations (DCS) in Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai.

Meanwhile, National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) sent its Dope Control Officers (DOCs) in strict bio-bubble organised by BCCI for carrying out testing of cricketers in Chennai which was the hosts for the opening fixture of the event.

BCCI Chief Sourav Ganguly
BCCI Chief Sourav Ganguly (Image Credit: Twitter)

However, with Dope Control Officers (DOCs) getting tested positive for Covid-19, the doping tests were stopped after the collection of only a few samples. Also, the Indian Premier League (IPL) was later suspended due to the spread of the virus across various camps.

With the remainder of the tournament being held in UAE, The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) failed to conclude how to restart the sample collection. Also, BCCI was reluctant about sending the Dope Control Officers (DOCs) inside the strict bio-bubble.

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