New Delhi, Oct 29 (PTI) The BCCI brass will soon have a meeting to chalk out a plan to deal with mounting pressure from the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) that wants Virat Kohli and Co under its ambit.There is a Committee of Administrators (COA) meeting in Mumbai on November 3, where the issue will come up for discussion but, as of now, the Indian crickets governing body is unlikely to budge from its current stand.The top leadership of BCCI believes that trying to get a Virat Kohli or Mahendra Singh Dhoni sign the whereabouts clause is one of the main reasons behind NADA wanting BCCI to come under its wing.Whereabouts are information provided by a limited number of top elite athletes about their location to the International Sport Federation (IF) or National Anti-Doping Organization (NADA in this case), which include them in their respective registered testing pool as part of these top elite athletes anti-doping responsibilities.The BCCI had hired Swedens International Drug Testing Management (IDTM) for testing work and is likely to continue with it.With reports emerging that NADA is likely to send its Doping Control Officers (DCO) during the domestic tournaments and if BCCI doesnt co-operate, will take legal route, but senior board officials are wondering whether that would be as easy as top government officials are making it out to be.The top Indian cricketers, who are always in the spotlight, have time and again protested that signing the whereabouts clause would lead to infringement of privacy.advertisement”BCCI is not a signatory to NADA code and therefore under no compulsion to release our cricketers for the dope test. We are under ICC, which is WADA compliant. At ICC events, our cricketers are tested by WADA. But since we are not a National Sports Federation (NSF), we are under no obligation to become NADA signatory,” a senior BCCI official, privy to the development told PTI today.The official then said: “Testimony to our transparent process is the latest WADA report where 153 of our cricketers were tested In Competition and Out of Competition and there was only one dope positive result.”Asked about the legal threat, the BCCI official sarcastically said: “BCCI, in any case, is fighting so many legal battles! But seriously, NADA officials think that they will just land up at IPL or Ranji Trophy and force a BCCI registered cricketer to undergo dope test. We didnt know it was this simple.” PTI KHS AH KHS
Argentina downed Qatar 2-0 courtesy goals by Lautaro Martinez and Sergio “Kun” Aguero, thus moving to the quarterfinals for Group B in Copa America.On Sunday, the Argentine squad played acceptably, without any real flashes of brilliance although they controlled the game all the way through and Qatar never really threatened, before 39,100 fans at Arena do Gremio in Porto Alegre, reports Efe news.Argentina had been in last place in Group B, having lost to Colombia 2-0 and battled Paraguay to a 1-1 draw, and the so far rather disorganized squad was desperate for the win on Sunday to get them through to the elimination stage.Prior to the match, Qatar had an identical 0-1-1 record, although they were one spot in front of Argentina on goal differential. They had fought back to a draw from a two-goal deficit in the second half against Paraguay but then had gone down to a 1-0 defeat against Colombia.On Sunday, Lautaro took advantage of a Qatari gift in the 4th minute to open the scoring and Aguero made a great individual effort on a powerful shot in the 82nd minute for the second tally.The first goal came when a Qatari defender mistakenly tapped the ball to Inter Milan’s Martinez right at the edge of the penalty area and the striker beat goaltender Saad Al-Sheeb to put the squad up 1-0 almost before anyone knew what had happened.Later during the first half, Aguero had a fabulous opportunity to put Argentina another goal ahead but he fired low and wide of the goal from about 12 meters.advertisementAfter the break, Argentina seemed to get its act together and started manufacturing much better chances for themselves, but Al-Sheeb still managed to defend well against the driving Aguero, saving two shots on goal from the Man City striker.Lionel Messi – who otherwise didn’t seem to factor in the match much at all – tried a close-range shot about 30 minutes into the second half but it sailed over the crossbar.The second goal came as the ever-present Aguero was on the scene again eight minutes before regulation time expired, firing a powerful low shot that finally got by Al-Sheeb for the 2-0.With the result and Paraguay’s 1-0 loss to first-place Colombia in Group B, Argentina now sits in second place in the group and will go up against Venezuela in the quarterfinals in Rio de Janeiro on June 28.Also Read | Copa America: Alexis Sanchez strikes again to take Chile into quartersAlso Read | Former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres retires from footballAlso See
APTN National NewsThe National Day of Action across Canada was a huge success, according to many Idle No More supporters.In British Columbia, a Vancouver Island First Nation shut down a major highway linking Victoria to B.C. ferries and the airport.APTN National News reporter Tina House has this story.