Abhinav Bindra demystifies the ‘whereabouts’ clause in the WADA dope code.
“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.”
Fair enough. But then again, when was the last time Abhinav had to (1) Turn up for an ad shoot, with all the delays it entails? (2) Turn up for a sponsor function/event, with ditto?
Strikes me the life of a star cricketer is slightly more complex, and slightly less amenable to the ‘wake up, pee, train, eat, sleep, rinse, repeat’ lifestyle Bindra talks of in this post.
I’m not suggesting it can’t be done — the question I cannot find an answer for is, is it necessary, should it be done, aren’t there other, less invasive, alternatives? [And the answer to these questions cannot be, oh, but so many others have accepted, so what’s the fuss?].