Dealing with doping: On BCCI consent to come under WADA


Dealing with doping: On BCCI consent to come under WADA

Cricket bodies must keep the game free of performance enhancing drugs
Sport is expected(उम्मीद ) to operate(संचालित ) at a higher moral plane where the effort(प्रयास ) is honest and transparency(पारदर्शिता) remains an abiding(पालन करना।) principle(सिद्धांत ). It is a utopian(काल्पनिक) ideal leaning on “pure performance(शुद्ध प्रदर्शन ), copious(प्रचुर) sweat and relentless(कठोर/सतत) training. But in a practical world greased(ग्रसित) with greed(लालच), besides match-fixing, there is another terrible(भयावह) offence(अपराध): ingestion (अंतर्ग्रहण/घूस)of performance-enhancing( प्रदर्शन-वृद्धि) drugs. Athletes like Canada’s Ben Johnson were labelled as drug-cheats and rightly denied their Olympic medals. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), since its inception in 1999, has imposed(लागू ) stringent(कठोर/कड़े ) measures(उपाय) so that sport stays drug-free. In India, WADA’s rules have been enforced (बाध्य करना/लागू करना) by the Government-run National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) and almost all sports federations(संघों) had fallen(पतन ) in line except one behemoth — the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). But that aberration(उन्मूलन /विशेषता) was erased as the BCCI accepted NADA’s supervision(देखरेख) following a meeting between its CEO Rahul Johri, General Manager Saba Karim and Sports Ministry officials led by Sports Secretary Radhey Shyam Julaniya. Indian cricket’s governing body finally agreed to subject its players to NADA’s testing(परीक्षण ) routines(दिनचर्या). Before its turn-around, the BCCI had resisted NADA’s intervention(हस्तक्षेप). The main objection(आपत्ति ) pertained(प्राप्त हुई) to the ‘where-abouts’ clause(खण्ड), which made it mandatory(अनिवार्य ) for a player to reveal(पता चलता है) where he would be on a daily basis. The need for privacy was offered(पेश किया) as an excuse(बहाने) .

Earlier, the BCCI had its in-house dope-tests but it only lent credence(विश्वसनीयता) to the allegations(आरोपों ) about conflict(संघर्ष) of interest(हित/ब्याज). The issue came to a boil when Prithvi Shaw was given a back-dated eight-month suspension(निलंबन) after he tested positive for a banned (प्रतिबंधित )drug, Terbutaline. The 19-year-old batsman, who was checked in February, claimed that the substance was present in an over-the-counter cough syrup. Shaw’s excuse and the BCCI’s quick acceptance(स्वीकृति,) of his self-medication, bred scepticism(संदेहवाद/अविश्वास). It is either naivety(भोलापन/सादगी) or a classic cover-up from an Indian cricketer, who had been advised about the chemicals that have to be avoided even for therapeutic(चिकित्सीय ) purposes(उद्देश्य). The silver-lining is that the episode hastened(ज्ल्दबाज़ी करना) the BCCI’s move into the NADA’s ambit(दायरे/सीमा ) and also cleared the decks for the Indian women’s cricket team to compete in the 2022 Commonwealth Games at Birmingham. With the BCCI belatedly(देर से ही सही) allowing NADA to monitor its domestic cricketers, by extension(विस्तार) the International Cricket Council too has finally come under the WADA’s unerring(अचूक/बिना रुके) gaze(टकटकी). In these hyper-kinetic times, it is a fallacy(कम करना) to stress(तनाव ) that cricket is just a reflection(प्रतिबिंब) of skill(कौशल) and that drug-enhanced muscular efficiency(कार्यक्षमता) cannot influence(प्रभाव) match results. Sport has to be a level playing-field and it is finally one with the willow-game subjecting itself to universal drug-testing rules.

Important Vocabulary

1. Utopian(काल्पनिक)
Synonyms: abstract, fanciful, grandiose, idealistic, illusory
Antonyms: real, unromantic

2.Ingestion (अंतर्ग्रहण/घूस)
Synonyms: chug, drink, gulp, quaff, slug

3. Terrible(भयावह)
Synonyms: abhorrent, appalling, atrocious, awesome, awful
Antonyms: beautiful, calming, comforting, delightful, fortunate

4. Conflict(संघर्ष)
Synonyms: battle, clash, combat, competition, rivalry
Antonyms: peace, truce, agreement, calm, harmony

5. Aberration(उन्मूलन /विशेषता)
Synonyms: oddity, peculiarity, quirk, delusion, eccentricity
Antonyms: normality, usualness, conformity, regularity, sameness

Synonyms: oddity, peculiarity, quirk, delusion, eccentricity
Antonyms: normality, usualness, conformity, regularity, sameness

7. Reveal(पता चलता है)
Synonyms: acknowledge, admit, affirm, announce, concede
Antonyms: conceal, contradict, deny, disavow, dispute

8. Pertained(प्राप्त हुई
Synonyms: apply, refer, relate, affect, appertain
Antonyms: disconnect, disjoin, divide, part, separate

9. Acceptance(स्वीकृति,)
Synonyms: acknowledgment, admission, approval, compliance, consent
Antonyms: denial, disagreement, disapproval, dissension, opposition

10. Measures(उपाय)
Synonyms: part, quota, allotment, allowance, amount
Antonyms: extreme, unimportance, whole, ignorance, inaction

11. Fallacy(कम करना)
Synonyms: deception, falsehood, heresy, inconsistency, misinterpretation
Antonyms: truth, accuracy,certainty, conformity, correction

Synonyms: weight, accent, accentuation, beat, force
Antonyms: insignificance, unimportant, ignorance, indifference, relaxation

13. Efficiency(कार्यक्षमता)
Synonyms: ability, adaptability, capability, competence, energy
Antonyms: idleness, ignorance, impotence, inability, inadequacy

14. Allegations(आरोपों )
Synonyms: accusation, charge, claim, plea, statement
Antonyms: exculpation, denial.

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