Anti-doping sleuths arrive in Sri Lanka for Rugby championship

November 02, 2007 (LBO) — The International Rugby Board’s anti-doping inspectors arrived in the Sri Lanka to kick off the Asian Rugby championship which starts in Colombo later this week, officials said Friday.

Tim Ricketts, the board’s anti-doping Manager, will lead the panel during the nine-nation event which runs from November 3-10.

“We will do random tests, players can be even tested in their hotel rooms, on the grounds or even before and after the matches,” Ricketts said.

Once a sample is taken, the official courier company will send it to Malaysia for testing.

“It takes about 48 hours to know the results…we will then take another 24 hours to ensure the paperwork is in order, before giving out a decision,” Ricketts said.

This is the first time anti-dope inspectors are present at an Asian rugby event.

Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union is hosting the tournament after 17 years, having previously done so in 1974 and 1990. China play the opening game against Sri Lanka on November 3 at Longden Place.