BCCI may consult Dr. Paes

G. Viswanath

Mumbai: Dr. Vece Paes, former Asian Cricket Council Consultant on Sports Medicine and Fitness, will make a presentation to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on ways to run the anti-doping educational programmes for the cricketing fraternity in India.

Though the Out of Competition (OCC) testing and whereabouts stipulations of the ICC Anti-Doping Code 2009 has touched the raw nerves of the Indian players, the BCCI is determined to take initiatives to educate the first class and women cricketers on the anti-doping programme in the 2009-10 season.

“The BCCI will first educate the cricketers this year and implement other aspects of the anti-doping code in the 2010-11 season,” said Prof. Ratnakar Shetty, Chief Administrative Officer, BCCI.

The BCCI has obtained copies of the anti-doping educational material from the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA).

“NADA has produced a book in English and Hindi. Dr. Paes has worked with the ACC on overage and anti-doping issues. He has his own team with a few from the Sports Authority of India (SAI). He has offered to assist the BCCI and will make a presentation on Tuesday,” said Prof. Shetty.

The BCCI’s educational programmes are set to begin with a seminar at the Bandra-Kurla Complex here on August 26. Nitin Patel, physiotherapist with the Indian team and point man for the ICC Anti-Doping Department for interaction with the national team cricketers and Dr. Kinjal Suratwala, a sports medicine expert with the NCA, Bangalore, will lecture the physiotherapists of the 27 Ranji Trophy teams on the ICC Anti-Doping Code 2009.

With the BCCI taking the initiative to educate its cricketers, it would be mandatory upon the 27 Ranji Trophy teams to employ a professional physiotherapist/trainer on a permanent basis.

Employing physios

Some State units have employed a team of physios/trainers to look after the senior and junior teams, but a large number of teams employ them for a short period and only for the duration of the cricket season.

Once the educational programmes are complete it would be the responsibility of the State units and its physios to take the programme to the next level. Of course all this will take time and it is here the BCCI has to use the expertise of someone like Dr. Paes and his team.

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