Four Sri Lankan players go through ‘in-competition’ doping test in Galle
On Tuesday, the four members of the current Sri Lankan Test squad provided their ‘in-competition’ doping test ahead of the first Test match against England beginning on Thursday.
The tests were conducted at the Galle International Stadium, where the players were training.
In-competition tests refer to doping tests performed in connection with a competition event. Unless otherwise specified in the rules of the international or another relevant anti-doping organization, this refers to a period starting 12 hours prior to the competition and ending at the end of the competition and the related collection of samples.
According to the highly placed sources in Galle, ICC approved Anti-doping local officials made a ‘surprise visit’ at the ground and requested the team management to facilitate the process.
Permission from the team manager (Ashantha de Mel) was obtained and the process was completed within a few minutes.
The players who gave urine samples are: Dimuth Karunaratne (captain), Niroshan Dickwella, Kushal Perera and Lahiru Thirimanne.
The results, if adverse, of these tests will be made public within 14-days. There were no doping tests for the Sri Lankan players during their last South Africa tour.