According to the report of the Indian Express, between 2021 and 2022, the maximum number of dope tests were done by athletes. Out of 5961 dope tests, 1717 were of athletes while the number of cricketers is 114.
The World Anti-Doping Agency has recently claimed in one of its reports that India’s doping agency NADA is not testing the right number of players. It has also been claimed in the Indian Express report that the number of dope tests conducted by NADA is very less on cricketers. In a way, NADA seems kind to the cricketers while it is continuously taking tests of other players including Olympic medalists.
Doping test of cricketers started from 2019
According to the report given in response to Indian Express’s RTI, between 2021 and 2022, NADA has conducted 5961 tests, out of which only 144 are cricketers. Let us tell you that from the year 2019, NADA has started taking doping test of cricketers. Earlier, NADA did not conduct doping test of cricketers.
Ravi Dahiya has been doping test 18 times
According to the report of Express, between 2021 and 2022, the maximum number of dope tests were done by athletes. Out of 5961 dope tests, 1717 were of athletes. NADA kept a special eye on Olympic medalists. Between January 2021 and December 2022, wrestler Ravi Dahiya, who won silver in the Olympics, has been dope tested 18 times. NADA officials took samples of dahiya at different places. At the same time, weightlifter Mirabai Chanu had to give dope test 8 times and Neeraj Chopra five times even while living abroad.
Rohit Sharma’s dope test has been done six times
In comparison to this, if we talk about cricket, then the matter looks somewhat different here. Indian captain Rohit Sharma has been tested maximum six times. Rohit was tested in Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad and UAE. Apart from Rohit, Suryakumar Yadav and Cheteshwar Pujara were tested 3-3 times. Of the 25 BCCI central contract players, 12 have not been tested even once, including former captain Virat Kohli, batsman Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Sanju Samson, Hardik Pandya, pacer Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav.
Dope test has also been done for women cricketers
Talking about the women’s team, here all the players involved in the central contract have been tested once. Team captain Harmanpreet Kaur and vice-captain Smriti Mandhana were tested maximum three times. This number is quite modest compared to athletes. Cricketers have always argued that they are not comfortable sharing their location with NADA. That is why it took a long time for BCCI to come inside NADA.