Calcutta: East Bengal players will have to be ready for a dope test, after their AFC Cup return leg semi-final, to be played here on October 22.
A dope control team will be sent by the Asian Football Confederation and two players will be randomly chosen for testing.
Surprisingly, Dr Santi Ranjan Dasgupta, assistant secretary of the club, asked the players on Saturday to declare if they are taking any medicines prescribed by any doctor so that they are not caught off guard during the dope test.
Asked whether that meant the club was not sure about the medical history of players and what medicines they were taking, Dr Dasgupta clarified that at times players go to doctors on their own.
“It may happen that a player has gone to some doctor who is not the team doctor. We do keep records, but it may happen that someone is taking some medicine that we don’t know of. We want players to declare their prescriptions so that they don’t face any trouble,” he said.