No doping tests done for players in IPL 2021 UAE leg

In the ongoing second leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, no player has been subjected to a drug test, according to the latest information. The National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) is in charge of the country’s doping control programmes in sports. The body, on the other hand, has not dispatched any of its officers to the UAE. It appears to have occurred when the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and NADA were unable to reach an agreement about player sample collection during the competition.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is sceptical about dope testing after one of the Dope Control Officers (DOCs) was found Covid-19 positive during the first phase of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 in April, despite being part of the stringent bio-bubble.

The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) had planned to open three Dope Control Stations (DCS) in Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.

Meanwhile, the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) dispatched its Dope Control Officers (DOCs) to Chennai, which hosted the tournament’s opening match, in a stringent bio-bubble organised by the BCCI.

However, after several Dope Control Officers (DOCs) tested positive for Covid-19, the doping tests were halted after just a few samples were collected. Due to the spread of the infection throughout multiple camps, the Indian Premier League (IPL) was later suspended.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) were unable to reach an agreement on how to resume sample collecting with the remainder of the event being conducted in the United Arab Emirates. In addition, the BCCI was hesitant to send the Dope Control Officers (DOCs) within the bio-bubble.

The IPL 2021 season is coming to a close, and there are some thrilling matches on the horizon. While the Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings have already qualified for the playoffs, Royal Challengers Bangalore is almost certain to finish third. As a result, up to four teams are vying for a berth in the top four.