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Today we have come up with yet another editorial from The Hindu which talks about how cricket authorities keep the game free from doping and drugs. We have highlighted all difficult words in the editorial and their meanings are given alongside. Such editorial articles efficiently enhance your vocabulary, but it even gives an aspirant a boost as far as reading and understanding of a passage is concerned. Reading comprehension being an important aspect of the English section, series of such vocabulary articles will surely help you in improving that part.

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Dealing with doping: On BCCI consent to come under WADA

Cricket bodies must keep the game free of performance enhancing drugs

Sport is expected to operate at a higher moral (standards for good or bad character and behaviour) plane where the effort is honest and transparency remains an abiding (lasting a long time) principle. It is a utopian (relating to a perfect society in which everyone works well with each other and is happy) ideal leaning on pure performance, copious (a large amount of something) sweat and relentless (continuing in a extreme way) training. But in a practical world greased (oiled with selfish desire for something) with greed, besides match-fixing, there is another terrible offence: ingestion of performance-enhancing drugs. Athletes like Canada’s Ben Johnson were labelled as drug-cheats and rightly denied (to refuse to permit someone to do something) their Olympic medals. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), since its inception (the beginning of an official activity) in 1999, has imposed stringent (having a very severe effect) measures so that sport stays drug-free. In India, WADA’s rules have been enforced by the Government-run National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) and almost all sports federations had fallen in line except one behemoth (an extremely large and powerful organization) — the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). But that aberration (a temporary change) was erased as the BCCI accepted NADA’s supervision 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 routines. Before its turn-around, the BCCI had resisted NADA’s intervention (intentionally getting involved in a difficult situation in order to improve it). The main objection pertained (related) to the ‘where-abouts’ clause, which made it mandatory for a player to reveal where he would be on a daily basis. The need for privacy was offered as an excuse.

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Earlier, the BCCI had its in-house dope-tests but it only lent credence (a belief that something is true) to the allegations about conflict of interest. The issue came to a boil when Prithvi Shaw was given a back-dated eight-month suspension after he tested positive for a banned 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 of his self-medication, bred scepticism (breeding an attitude that shows you doubt whether something is true or useful). It is either naivety (trust based on not having much experience) or a classic cover-up from an Indian cricketer, who had been advised about the chemicals that have to be avoided even for therapeutic (curative) purposes. The silver-lining (an advantage that comes from a difficult situation) is that the episode hastened (hurrying and doing things quickly) the BCCI’s move into the NADA’s ambit 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 (later than should have been the case) allowing NADA to monitor its domestic cricketers, by extension the International Cricket Council too has finally come under the WADA’s unerring (accurate) gaze. In these hyper-kinetic times, it is a fallacy (a mistaken belief) to stress that cricket is just a reflection of skill and that drug-enhanced muscular efficiency cannot influence match results. Sport has to be a level playing-field and it is finally one with the willow (a tree from which cricket bats are made)-game subjecting itself to universal drug-testing rules.

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