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JOHANNESBURG---The World Anti-
Doping Agency will introduce a new
technique for urine tests from next year
that is aimed at catching athletes who take
WADA called it "the twin" of the blood
profiling system currently used in the
athletes' biological passport system. It will
allow anti-doping authorities to build a
profile of a person's steroid levels from
urine samples and to identify any
changes---in a similar way that changes in
blood may indicate doping.
WADA said yesterday the new technique
will particularly target testosterone and will
"complement" the biological passport. It can
be used from January 1, WADA President
John Fahey said, announcing the
introduction of the "steroidal module" at
the World Conference on Doping in Sport in
The steroid technique had been
developed alongside the current blood
module but then fell behind, Fahey said.
Blood profiling has been in use since 2008.
WADA has also developed a mobile App
that allows athletes to give their
whereabouts to anti-doping agencies
through their cellphones or other devices so
they don't miss out-of-competition tests. The
App will be available from next month. (AP)
New steroid profiling, mobile App for athletes
MUMBAI---With Sachin Tendulkar set to hang up his
bat, the best cricketers of his era have been unstinting
in their praise.
From feared opponents such as Shane Warne and
Brian Lara to respected team-mates Sourav Ganguly
and Rahul Dravid, everyone has picked different features
of Tendulkar s greatness and found unanimity on one
point, there will not be another one like him.
West Indies great Lara, with whom he has often been
compared, said Tendulkar was to cricket what Muham-
mad Ali was to boxing.
"There are boxers with better records than Muhammad
Ali, but if you mention the word boxing, you have to
mention Muhammad Ali," Lara said at a Tendulkar
farewell function. "When you talk of basketball, you
have to mention Michael Jordan. When you speak about
cricket, I d speak of Tendulkar."
Australia legspinner Warne, who dismissed Tendulkar
three times in 12 Tests, said his greatness went beyond
his numerous batting records.
"Sachin Tendulkar was the best batsman of my gen-
eration and it will be a privilege to be in Mumbai this
week to commentate on the first two days of his final
test," Warne wrote in his column for the Daily Telegraph.
"The pressure he was under from the Indian public was
immense but he handled himself on and off the field
in a way that was respected by all."
"There will not be another Sachin Tendulkar," Warne
added. "I always teach young players that cricket is not
about averages even if it is a stats-based game. It is
about how and when you score runs or take wickets.
The great players deliver when the team is up against
it and statistics do not tell you the truth about such
Dravid, who was in a record 20 century partnerships
with Tendulkar in Tests, considers him the most depend-
"To bat for my life, I would probably choose Sachin;
and if I had a ticket and if I had enough money to watch
one, I would choose Lara," Dravid said in his ode to Ten-
Ganguly, one of India s most successful captains, said
Tendulkar was a champion batsman but felt he should
have retired earlier.
"The last two-three years have not been good for
him," Ganguly said. "It s only because he s Tendulkar
that he s been given that run. No one else in world
cricket would have been given that run."
Ganguly said it was apt that his farewell game was
being played on his home ground, where India also won
the 2011 World Cup.
"It s a fact that at some stage you have to go. Playing
in South Africa (which India tours next) he would not
have got such adulation. It is the right send-off for a
champion. But if I was in his place, I d have gone a year
earlier," Ganguly said.
But former Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist
felt Tendulkar was still a vital team member even during
his lean period.
"I m sure if you ask Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan,
Rohit Sharma what s been the most valuable part of
them being around Sachin Tendulkar, him scoring a
hundred or him just being there, I think just to be around
Sachin they would all be very excited," Gilchrist said at
a promotional event yesterday. (AP)
Sachin retiring with
adulation from peers
MUMBAI---On the eve of Sachin
Tendulkar s last game for India,
it seems all of India wants to give
their greatest sportsman some
token of affection.
Tendulkar brings the curtain
down on his 24-year international
career from Thursday (today at
10.50 pm TT time), on his home
ground, and the kind of send-off
this cricket-crazy country of 1.2
billion is giving has to be seen to
Politicians, corporates, sports-
people, Bollywood and the public
have been falling over themselves
to show their thanks with every-
thing from shows and dinners to
paintings and a silver banyan tree
with 199 golden leaves at his pre-
vious test in Kolkata last week.
The area around Wankhede Sta-
dium, where he will bow out with
a world-record 200th test, is inun-
dated with posters and murals of
Tendulkar s wife, Anjali, has
joked that they may need a muse-
um to house all the gifts and
The frenzy started more than a
month ago when the man with the
most runs and centuries in Tests
and one-dayers announced he ll
retire from international cricket
after this second test against West
Tendulkar, who is already having
grounds and stands all over India
named after him, will have the
pleasure of seeing his mother Rajni
at the stadium for the first time,
as organisers have constructed a
special ramp for her wheelchair.
Tendulkar s family and close rel-
atives are known to avoid watching
his matches, including older brother
Ajit Tendulkar, who was instru-
mental in channelling Tendulkar s
talent during his early years.
"We somehow thought it would
bring bad luck to him," Ajit said.
"We used to usually only check on
his scores or see the highlights at
the end of the day."
Such has been the crush from
politicians, bureaucrats, industri-
alists, past India cricketers and Bol-
lywood actors to snare invitations
or tickets to the match, that organ-
isers left only 5,000 for public sale
in a stadium which seats 33,400.
The Web site selling public tick-
ets crashed within minutes of
opening on Monday, and frustrated
fans have staged protests.
Thousands have also milled
around the stadium all week to
catch a glimpse of Tendulkar.
"I ve been coming here for the
past three days hoping to buy tick-
ets but have had no luck," said 19-
year-old college student Prashant
Current team-mate and pace
bowler Bhuvaneshwar Kumar was
not even born when Tendulkar
made his debut at 16 against Pak-
istan in 1989. "The Little Master"
has played with three generations
He came into the team when
1983 World Cup-winning captain
Kapil Dev was still playing, and has
seen contemporaries such as Sourav
Ganguly and Rahul Dravid retire.
The 40-year-old Tendulkar said
he can t wait to take the field one
last time in the same venue where
he won the World Cup in 2011.
"Every step was different and
every tour required different prepa-
rations," he said in Mumbai at
another farewell function. "To play
for India has been truly memo-
readies for last match
for emotional send
off in final Test in
India versus the
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