On Saturday, the Indian sports minister Kiren Rijiju has welcomed BCCI‘s decision to follow the guidelines of National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA), terming it a major step towards clean and clear governance in sports. Having postponed the ministry’s near decade long attempts to bring BCCI under the NADA guidelines, the Board finally gave up on Friday, a move which can witness immense implications in the near future.
Describing the same, Rijiju said, “I don’t want any issues or matter to remain unresolved. All the differences must be resolved amicably because I believe in clean and transparent governance in Sports in the interest of the sports and sportspersons.”
Earlier, the BCCI didn’t use to follow the guidelines of NADA as they feared that their autonomy would get hurt. The leading cricketers in the management also protested about the contentious ‘Whereabouts Clause’ related to Out Of Competition (OOC) testing, fearing that their privacy would be compromised.
However, during a meeting between BCCI CEO Rahul Johri and sports secretary Radhe Shyam Julaniya, the beliefs were put to rest as they agreed to be compliant under the anti-doping code.
Talking about the same, Julaniya said, “I explained to BCCI you don’t have the discretion to abide by the law or not. The law applies to everyone equally. Every federation is on the same footing for enforcement of the law. You don’t have to sign an agreement. We categorically told them no MOU is required as the law is applicable to everyone,” he had said.