Doping Code coming for WICB

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua -- Effective January 1st, 2009, West Indies cricketers can be tested for drugs in and out of competition.

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) in an official release on Tuesday explained that the measure is in keeping with the codes of the World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA), to which the International Cricket Council (ICC) is a signatory.

The WICB pointed out that all member countries of the ICC are now governed by the WADA codes.

Meanwhile, the WICB, in recognition of its obligation to educate and inform  all its regional players,  is moving to take full advantage of the unique opportunity on November 16th, when all regional teams  will assemble in Guyana for the annual regional one-day tournament as part of the regional series.

Tony Howard, Head of the WICB’s Cricket Operations department, explained that in keeping with its on-going players’ education programme, the Board will seize the opportunity to facilitate a number of lectures, seminars and presentations on topics such as anti-doping and its relevant codes and Anti-Corruption and other related matters.