Vatata WADA….Vatata WADA [Video]
Will someone please please tell Sania and Saina, Bhupati and Bindra and all the rest of the people to just stop lecturing Indian cricketers? It does not matter to our Men Who Do Blue if all the world’s top athletes go through the “Tell us where you are one hour of the day” regimen the WADA requires.
Because they are different.
First of all there is the consideration of security. Even Angshuman Gaekwad says he would not give his whereabouts in advance, considering the kind of threats Indian cricketers face. If Gaekwad, whose batting put the ZZZZ into Z-category security and whose name only the most cricket-mad of terrorists would know (like the kind who saw him bat for his 201 at Jullundur, an innings as entertaining as having your four wisdom teeth extracted at once with a crowbar), considers this WADA clause a risk, what do you think would be the escalation in the threat levels for Dhoni, who goes around with a all-female security detail, if news got out as to his exact whereabouts for one hour a day?
Now one may argue that this information is not made public and is known only to very few WADA officials. Some may even argue that cricketers often go to parties, fashion shows and discos as part of pre-publicized promotional events and thus voluntarily disclose their locations in advance.
To these people, I just want to repeat Prabhuji’s immortal line in “Classic Dance of Love” , the one that he said as he thrust his bloodied hand into a character’s face
Then there is the question of privacy, something that Indian cricketers have the right to cherish more than any other sportsmen in the world.
“We probably play more than any other sportsperson. I think our concerns are different from theirs,” he told CNN-IBN.
“We are playing cricket for nine or ten months, then come back home for like 10 days or so and you want your own privacy. You don’t want to tell anyone where you are. You don’t want to be intruded at that time when you are with your family and friends,” he said.
Bingo. Now tell me do you want to intrude on cricketers when after months of ceaseless and selfless toil they go to meet their “friends”? Wouldn’t this be a gross violation on the privacy of models and starlets, private individuals who should not be made to reveal their schedules?
Irfan Pathan, who is among the 11 Indian cricketers selected on the basis of their ranking for Anti-Doping code by the ICC, said, “Our schedule is never decided in advance and we keep changing our plans every now and then. We keep travelling to different parts of the country and it is not possible always to plan months in advance. This clause infringes on our private life.” [Link]
Honestly how would a cricketer even know in advance which “friend” he would be having three months down the line or whether at a certain hour he would have body fluids to spare? Or for that matter whether he would be in South Africa shooting for a Coke ad or in Jamaica doing a Pepsi shoot?
Now some like Bindra, the ace Gold medal winning shooter, say that WADA understands the variability in people’s schedules and allows a player to dynamically update his location. Which makes the cricketers concerns unfounded.
“It’s a simple process,” said Bindra. “Once you have a login for yourself, you create your profile by entering in the mandatory location details: a mailing address, your residential address, your usual training address and a likely competition address, for the next three months.”
What the agency wants, said Bindra, is an hour’s slot each day, at any time of the athlete’s choice from 6 am to 11 pm, during which the athlete must be available at a location fixed by him or her, in case he/she is picked out for a random sample collection.
“I’m home most days from 7am to 8 am, so that time suits me perfectly,” Bindra said. “Anyway, you’re ready to pee when you get up in the morning and that’s all they would ask for.”
Entries made by the athlete are expected to stand for a quarter of the year, unless he/she changes plans, like Bindra did for today. “So I logged on, clicked on the box for August 4, 2009 on the calendar, disabled my usual testing slot, and entered the new evening one,” Bindra said.
Needless to say what Bindra doesnt understand that our cricketers are “special” with “special” needs and “special” friends and that its useless singing to them “WADA na tod, WADA na tod” when their “charti jawani tadse”…..[Video]
Another point to note. Unlike Bindra and Sania and Bhupati, the Indian cricketers are not “Westerners”.
“I don’t think it is possible to give such minute details about one’s whereabouts three months in advance. Our lifestyle is different from the westerners and players here have lot of commitments. What if a cricketer suddenly decides to go on a holiday with his family or if there is some emergency?” questioned former India player and coach Anshuman Gaekwad.
To those of you who are criticizing the Indian players and wondering why “doth they protest so much” I think you ought to know that even soccer players do not like this intrusion into their privacy and FIFA has apparently negotiated a sweet watering down of WADA’s rules. Something tells me this is what BCCI is pushing for our desi Yuvis and Dhonis.
And as we all agree they deserve their special treatment.