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Wednesday 29, Jul 2015

  Collingwood Pair Handed AFL Infraction Notices

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Infraction notices have been issued to Collingwood players Lachie Keeffe and Josh Thomas by AFL general Counsel Andrew Dillon after the Australian Football League was notified by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority that Keeffe and Thomas had potentially breached the league’s anti-doping code.

Keeffe and Thomas tested positive to Clenbuterol in February. Clenbuterol is not a specified substance on the AFL’s prohibited list but is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency. The Collingwood players have been provisionally suspended since March and are likely to face bans of two years, according to Collingwood chief executive Gary Pert. It was remarked by Pert that they are still young guys and their careers are not over as they are in a process where it appears a likely outcome is a two-year suspension, from everything that we are hearing. The Collingwood chief executive also remarked it is for both players to decide whether they’re going to contest – whether they want to say they accept the ruling or not, or the severity of the penalty, and added they will advise ASADA once they have made that decision. Pert remarked if the players decide to contest it, the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority would advise the Australian Football League that will then organize a tribunal hearing.

The 25-year-old Keeffe is a key-position player and has played 40 matches for the Magpies, including 18 in 2014. On the other hand, the 23-year-old Thomas has played 32 games for Collingwood after debuting in 2013.

In another development, Fremantle tagger Ryan Crowley returned to Dockers’ training for the first time since serving his backdated suspension of one year after he tested positive to a banned painkiller. The 31-year-old opens the possibility of him returning to the Fremantle lineup for the last two weeks of the finals series if the Dockers are able to make it that far. The return of Crowley was made possible after it was found by the AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal that he did not intentionally breach the anti-doping code. In a statement, ASADA CEO Ben McDevitt said we note the AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal found Crowley did not intend to violate the World Anti-Doping Code and remarked this case illustrates the dangers of inadvertent doping. McDevitt also commented athletes need to be careful about what they take, even if they don’t intend to cheat. The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority decided not to appeal against the length of Crowley’s ban.

Ryan Crowley remarked at the time of provisional suspension that he deeply regretted his actions and he genuinely never intentionally meant to do the wrong thing. Crowley has played 188 games for the club since he was drafted in 2002. The 31-year-old won the club’s best and fairest in 2012 and had become one of the premier taggers in the competition under Coach Ross Lyon. Pending the finding by the AFL anti-doping tribunal, Crowley was provisionally banned for the first 10 weeks of the 2015 season. However, the three-person tribunal, comprising of chairman David Jones, former judge John Nixon and Dr Susan White, decided not to impose heavy sanction against Crowley.

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Tuesday 07, Jul 2015

  Suburban Footballers Face Scrutiny Like Elite AFL Counterparts From ASADA

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The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority tested players from the Essendon District Football League B-grade match on Saturday between Doutta Stars and Craigieburn. This is seen by many as a stern warning to suburban footballers that they could face as much scrutiny as their elite AFL counterparts.

ASADA officials randomly tested four players from the two teams in the Essendon District Football League. Stars team manager Robert Lamberti said he had never heard of Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority’s officials testing district football players. The ASADA officials warned the clubs and players they could face a two-year ban if they did not comply.

The Doutta Stars are coached by Dean Wallis, former Essendon player and official who used to maintain the spreadsheets during the club’s controversial supplements program run by Stephen Dank. Dank, who was banned by the NRL and AFL, has been a sought-after figure by community football clubs and had been a guest speaker at a recent Doutta Stars club function.

In a statement, ASADA said we can confirm the Australian Football League (Victoria) Limited contracted ASADA to conduct tests at this level. The statement added the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority implements an intelligence-based testing program, working with sports to target athletes and competitions at highest risk in an effort to deter and detect doping.

The anti-doping agency’s statement further said we thought it was important in this instance to clarify reports in the media while it is not our normal practice to discuss specifics of our operations. It was further added it is important for athletes to understand that ASADA can conduct testing on any athlete who participates in a sport with an anti-doping policy and it was also commented that every athlete, regardless of the level of competition, has the right to compete in a sport free from doping.

It was reportedly said by Wallis that he had been told the need to test the players had come from Canberra. Meanwhile, AFL Victoria talent manager John Hook remarked he welcomes any drug testing done at suburban levels. Hook added he thinks the more we can afford with testing to try and combat that (PEDS and illicit drugs) and education, they both go hand in hand, and he thinks that is good for the sport.

AFL revealed the tests were conducted at the request of AFL Victoria. This is not the first time that drug testing has happened at VFL level but it is believed this is the first time such an investigation has taken place in the EDFL.

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Monday 18, May 2015

  Australian Senate Accused By AOC President Of Failure To Support Battle Against Doping

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The Australian Senate has been accused by Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) President John Coates of a lack of support in the battle to tackle doping in sport in the country.

Coates, speaking at the AOC Annual General Meeting in Sydney, said the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) has its “hands tied behind its back” after an ASADA Amendment Bill in 2013 was rejected by the Senate. This bill was aimed at introducing coercive powers, whereby athletes would have been required to attend interviews for answering questions, produce documents, and provide information regarding doping even if that may result in self-incrimination. ASADA introduced its own changes to the Australian Olympic Committee Anti-Doping By-Law in May 2013 despite the Bill being turned down by the Senate to include similar powers.

Coates told representatives from his member Olympic sports that unfortunately the Government lacked the numbers in the Senate to pass this aspect of the amending Bill and we are left with an Act that excuses individuals from answering questions or giving information if the answer or the information might tend to incriminate them. Coates went on to remark that when it comes to investigating most of the nine anti-doping rule violations which are not based on the presence of a prohibited substance in an athlete’s sample, ASADA has been largely left with its hands tied behind its back and also commented that what our elected representatives in Canberra would or could not do for ASADA, we have done for them.

The 65-year-old Coates also said the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code is applied to all sports. The AOC Chief said it is just plain wrong to say, as he has read, that the WADA Code was not designed for team sports and added these commentators forget that the highly professional team sports of football, ice hockey, basketball and volleyball and the other team sports of handball, rugby sevens, hockey and water polo, which have always been bound by the Code at both the international and national levels, are Olympic sports.

Coe’s comments come despite the Australian Senate passing a Bill in June 2013 that gave more powers to the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority so that it can speed up doping investigations. The legislation allows ASADA to demand phone records, medical prescriptions of suspect athletes and other parties, text messages, and other documents with fines of up to $5,100 (£3,060/$4,700/€3,600) to those who do not comply with the requests. Victorian Greens politician Richard Di Natale told the chamber after passing the bill that ultimately we do accept the argument that ASADA needs further powers to expand its investigations into doping.

After the legislation was passed, Sports Minister Kate Lundy said doping has no place in sport and it is incumbent on the Government to provide ASADA with the right tools to investigate allegations of doping. At that time, Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) President John Coates welcomed the passing of the bill and remarked Australia, with this legislation and the new powers it provides ASADA, remains at the forefront of the fight against doping in sport.

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Tuesday 12, May 2015

  WADA To Appeal Against AFL Tribunal Decision

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WADA To Appeal Against AFL Tribunal Decision

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has announced it will appeal against decision of the Australian Football League to clear 34 current and former top players of taking banned supplements.

In March, the AFL anti-doping tribunal unanimously decided that it was not “comfortably satisfied” that players from the Essendon club had violated the anti-doping rules during the 2012 season. Last year, the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) referred the case to the Australian Football League. Surprisingly, ASADA decided not to appeal the findings when the AFL Tribunal when it cleared all 34 Essendon players.

WADA announced that it would soon take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland. WADA director general David Howman said we have now completed our independent review of the full case file on the AFL Anti-Doping Appeals Tribunal decision regarding 34 current and former Essendon players. Howman added WADA, after a thorough examination of the evidence contained within the file, has decided to lodge its independent right of appeal to the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. A WADA statement reads as with all pending cases, and adhering to the proper and normal respect for the integrity of the legal process, WADA will refrain from commenting further on the subject until a decision has been made by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Essendon chairman Paul Little expressed surprise at decision of the World Anti-Doping Agency. Meanwhile, ASADA welcomed the announcement and offered to provide its full support. Little added now it looks like we have to jump back on the horse and sort of get into the process again of defending our boys and our club. ASADA chief executive Ben McDevitt said the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority has handed over a comprehensive brief of evidence to assist WADA in its preparation for the CAS hearing.

Essendon coach James Hird remarked that Essendon players will “prove their innocence again.” Hird remarked there is no doubt it will cause stress again but we’re prepared to go through it and went on to add that we believe in the players’ innocence, they’ve been proven innocent once and they will be proven innocent again. Hird also remarked that we are extremely disappointed for the players who have had to endure over two years of uncertainty and will now have to endure further stress and the inevitable disruption to their playing careers. The coach of Essendon club also commented that we will be in a position to comment on this matter further once we have consulted with the players’ legal team and the players involved.

Peter Jess, a player agent to two of the 34 Essendon players, remarked that this whole process has been incredibly demanding on the playing group and added it drags them back into the vortex of a demoralizing and energy sapping investigation, which no player should rightfully have to go through.

Tim Watson, the father of Essendon captain Jobe Watson, remarked the players got to a point where they were able to compartmentalize the whole thing, and they all breathed that sigh of relief when they heard the tribunal’s closure and now it’s going to be reopened.

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Saturday 04, Apr 2015

  Stephen Dank To Reportedly Sue ASADA

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Stephen Dank To Reportedly Sue ASADA

Controversial sports scientist Stephen Dank has reportedly remarked that he will sue the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) and its chief executive Ben McDevitt for defamation in the wake of the Essendon doping scandal.

The sports scientist said his lawyers will take action against ASADA and McDevitt after the anti-doping agency said it was evaluating the option of appealing against decision of the AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal to clear 34 former and current Essendon players of all charges. McDevitt accused Dank in a press conference of sending mixed messages about whether there were records of what injections Essendon players were administered. McDevitt remarked no party has disputed that Stephen Dank played a central and critical role, the lead role in administering the injections.

The ASADA Chief Executive also remarked Stephen Dank has publicly stated that extensive records of the injection regime were kept but, throughout this investigation, no such records have been found. McDevitt also said that Dank curiously in a statutory declaration provided to ASADA, in response to a disclosure notice, declared he had no documents to produce and added that all the evidence that he have seen probably would indicate if there were records, they would be shambolic and chaotic.

McDevitt also went on to remark that the case is not yet closed and Essendon players took banned drugs in a 2012 injection program.

Meanwhile, Australian Health Minister Sussan Ley said regardless of the tribunal’s verdict, the initial report found an experimental environment that was never adequately controlled. She said any injection of unknown substances into athletes in order to push the boundaries of sporting achievement is unacceptable and added it shows a complete disregard for player safety and welfare.

The ASADA head however admitted that the anti-doping agency had powers to force Dank to testify.

Recently, Dank said ASADA had been very, very poor in their conduct, execution and understanding of this whole investigation. The scientist said the players never took anything that was illegal or anything that was against the WADA-prohibited list and added the players were not guilty of anything and he is very happy for the players.

McDevitt said findings of the upcoming decision by the AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal on the role of Dank in the supplements program some time after Easter would not determine whether the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority lodges an appeal but they might have some influence. The chief executive said we eagerly await that component from the tribunal because Stephen Dank was the alleged architect here and so it will be very interesting to see what the findings are, and what the reasons behind those findings are from the tribunal and also commented that it will certainly enable us to make a more informed decision on our appeal.

Steven Amendola, the lawyer who represented James Hird throughout the scandal, said Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority chief executive Ben McDevitt, his AFL opposite number Gillon McLachlan, most of the AFL Commission, and AFL competition integrity manager Brett Clothier should all submit their resignations over the ordeal.

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Thursday 02, Apr 2015

  Essendon Doping Investigation Criticized By John Fahey

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Essendon Doping Investigation Criticized By John Fahey

Former World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) president John Fahey has remarked that the Essendon doping investigation that stretched for more than two years was very strange and cumbersome.

Fahey however denied that the investigations are an indictment on the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA). Fahey said on ABC News Radio there have been months and months and months of inaction whilst court actions were taken by the Essendon club and their coach to prevent the inquiry actually taking place – that was the delay.

     The ex-WADA Chief also said that he would like to see an examination of the regulations because there is a very cumbersome process in place in this country. Fahey also said he had not seen it taking place anywhere else where we can see so many preliminary steps taken before we can actually get to an inquiry and that to him is very unsatisfactory.

The former World Anti-Doping Agency President also said the Essendon club escaped liability despite it being apparent that players did receive injections. Fahey commented there were needles given to numerous players and in this instance they were not satisfied that the drug inside was the one that is on the prohibited list and added that the tragedy for him in all of this is that the Worksafe Victoria department didn’t look at what this meant from an employer-employee relationship.

The investigation was also criticized by Stephen Amendola, the lawyer for Essendon coach James Hird. Amendola remarked there should be a judicial inquiry into the entire investigation and went on to add that reputations have been trashed. Amendola added participation of the AFL compromised the independence of ASADA’s investigation. The lawyer for Essendon coach James Hird said the whole supplements investigation should be subject to a judicial inquiry.

Meanwhile, Chief executive of Australia’s anti-doping watchdog Ben McDevitt has said ASADA would decide on whether to appeal after carefully examining the report. McDevitt also insisted that the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority is not the enemy and said the fight against doping was not a fight against sport. McDevitt added every time an Australian athlete gets set to compete, whether it be at the Olympics or in a junior sport, whether it be at a team sport or at an individual level, our expectation is that the rights of clean athletes to compete against other clean athletes must be protected and said some may find this hard to believe.

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) have 21 days to lodge an appeal. WADA director general David Howman said it would consider its options, depending on the actions of ASADA. Howman remarked the matter now rests with the anti-doping organization concerned and other associated bodies to decide whether or not to exercise their rights of appeal. He added once fully reviewed by all parties concerned, and following receipt of the full case file on the tribunal’s ruling, WADA will review the reasons for the decision and determine whether or not to exercise its own right of appeal.

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Saturday 15, Nov 2014

  AOC Members To Undergo Mandatory Child Abuse Checks

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AOC Members To Undergo Mandatory Child Abuse Checks

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has revealed that all coaches, staff, and officials will be undergoing a mandatory Working with Children Check before they are allowed to become members of the nation’s team for Rio 2016.

John Coates, the AOC President, remarked he has introduced the policy for protecting all members of our Olympic teams and creating a child-safe environment after concerns by revelations at the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse.  The commission recently announced that Swami Akhandananda Saraswati, a former religious guru of a Mangrove Mountain ashram, allegedly had sex with under-age girls. The commission will hold a public inquiry into the response of the guru to allegations of child sexual abuse in the 1970s and 1980s. The hearing in Sydney will begin on December 2.

Coates added working with Children checks are mandatory in order to properly safeguard our athletes and uphold the behavioral standards required of an Australian Olympic team member.

The sporting federations of Australia are now expected to make sure that all sport officials who are nominated for selection for Rio 2016, and all subsequent Olympic teams have undertaken the check. This rule also applies to all headquarters officials and anyone who has not gone through the vetting system will not be eligible for selection.

It was revealed by the Australian Olympic Committee that Coates had consultations with the United States Olympic Committee and the British Olympic Association on the matter, as well as Chair of the Royal Commission, The Honorary Justice Peter McClellan. Coates said we have been working with the US Olympic Committee and British Olympic Association who have vigorous policies in regard to the safety of children and added we will be introducing similar policies in our team agreement to protect all members of our team. Coates went on to add that it has been suggested to him that this is a bigger problem in American sport than doping.

The move also gets prominence after there were allegations of inappropriate behavior and language towards a junior female swimmer were made against senior Olympic swim team official Greg Hodge. Hodge is under investigation after it was alleged that he kissed a female junior swimmer on the cheek at a Canberra state championship event. Hodge has now retired from his role as head coach of the West Coast Swimming Club. It was also reported by Australia’s Sunday Telegraph that Olympic coach Michael Palfrey is facing serious allegations of inappropriate behavior towards teen girls on pool deck.

Former coach Tim Lane alleged that a male teenage swimming student was encouraged by Palfrey to improve his time by telling him he could ‘spend a night with one of his older female athletes’ (who was nearby) and ‘do whatever he wanted to her’. The accusations made against Palfrey were described as “unsubstantiated” by Swimming Western Australia chief executive Darren Beazley.

In another development, Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates has remarked that doubling bans for drug cheats that will leave all sports identities with nowhere to hide. Coates said the federal Parliament needs to pass the amendments to bring the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority into line with the World Anti-Doping Agency. WADA is doubling bans from January next year for athletes using performance-enhancing drugs from two to four years.

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Sunday 22, Jun 2014

  Players Disappointed With Lack Of Clarity On AOD-9604

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Players Disappointed With Lack Of Clarity On AOD-9604

The Australian Football League (AFL) Players Association is disappointed that the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority took so long for publicly clarifying its stance on AOD-9604, a modified fragment of human growth hormone.

The AFLPA expressed confidence that players will not face any more questioning about the drug. Recently, Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority chief executive Ben McDevitt remarked his organization does not have plans to pursue any alleged use of AOD-9604 prior to April, 2013. A few days back, former Melbourne captain Jack Trengove was cleared by ASADA with no chance of prosecution over his alleged use of AOD-9604. Trengove was linked by texts from biochemist Stephen Dank emerged in April 2013 to the use of a cream containing AOD-9604 in 2012 as he recovered from a foot injury.

It was confirmed by the World Anti-Doping Agency on April 22, 2013 that AOD-9604 was a banned substance under the S.0 category of the WADA code though Essendon argued it was permitted. ASADA remarked it will not pursue anti-doping cases related to the peptide AOD- 9604 prior to 22 April, 2013 and added WADA publicly stated for the first time on 22 April 2013 that AOD-9604 was a prohibited substance in sport. It added that ASADA cannot take the position that prior to April 2013 athletes and support personnel could have known that AOD-9604 was in fact a prohibited substance and also remarked that pursuing anti-doping rule violations that relate to this substance prior to 22 April, 2013 would be unsuccessful and unfair to athletes.

Acting AFLPA chief executive Ian Prendergas remarked we do not believe that ASADA will take any further step through the Essendon investigation in relation to AOD-9604 given the comments of the ASADA chief executive.

A few weeks ago, Essendon chairman Paul Little said in a statement that Essendon has filed an application in the Australian Federal Court to have the case of ASADA declared “null and void” and added the action had been taken on the basis that the joint investigation conducted by Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority with the Australian Football League contravened the ASADA Act. The Essendon chairman remarked our players have been forced to endure 16 months of uncertainty, breaches of confidentiality, conflicts of interest, leaks through the media, baseless allegations, and indisputable reputational damage.

AFL chairman Mike Fitzpatrick said the players should be given space and support to pursue their legal rights and added this process has gone on too long. Fitzpatrick added he is extremely disappointed that the players are in this position and went on to remark that the interim report into the Essendon supplement program in 2012 outlined very serious breaches of our rules and it was clear that the program subjected our players to unacceptable risks and one of those risks is playing out now. Fitzpatrick reiterated his belief that all Essendon players have already revealed all what they knew to the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority and said the players from the outset of the investigation have fully co-operated with all requests and inquiries made of them.

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Saturday 15, Jun 2013

  Leading Anti-Doping Prosecutor Joins Doping Inquiry

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Leading Anti-Doping Prosecutor Joins Doping Inquiry

Richard Young, who played a central role in the cases of Lance Armstrong and Marion Jones, has joined the investigation of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) into the use of banned substances in the National Rugby League and the Australian Football League.

Young, the Colorado-based sports lawyer and a leading anti-doping prosecutor, was enlisted by ASADA to help the doping watchdog on an ongoing basis as it prepares to enter the fifth month of its investigation. An ASADA spokesperson said the agency confirms that it has engaged Richard Young to assist in its investigation. The lawyer, known for his pursuit in sealing the downfall of Lance Armstrong, was enlisted to help ASADA move its own investigation towards a successful conclusion.

The expertise of Richard Young in the anti-doping field is unmatched as he is the principal draftsman of the World Anti-Doping Code and has unrivaled reputation as an investigator and trial lawyer in cases involving performance enhancing drugs. Young was the senior prosecutor in the BALCO episode that led to American sprinter Jones being stripped of her Olympic medals besides being the lawyer of USADA in the 2007 case against disgraced Tour de France winner Floyd Landis and was even the lead outside lawyer of USADA on the Armstrong doping case. Young was instrumental in dealing closely with witnesses (in the Armstrong case) who were initially unwilling to come forward and was central as several top riders lifted the lid on the practices employed by the seven-time Tour de France champion and teammates.

Young is past Co-Chair of Holme Roberts & Owen’s Litigation Practice Group and has been the managing partner of the Colorado Springs office and is the managing partner at the firm Brian Cave LLP of the Colorado Springs office for 20 years. Young has been nationally-recognized as a “Leader in His Field” for Sports Law: Athletic Disputes, by Chambers USA 2011, and as a member of the Law Dragon Top 500 Lawyers in the country. In Colorado, he has been awarded Colorado Law Week’s Lawyer of the Year (with his Landis trial team), Best Sports Lawyer, and is rated by Super Lawyers as a Colorado Super Lawyer. He has handled high profile cases for the World Anti-Doping Agency, the United States Anti-Doping Agency, the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, the United States Olympic Committee, USA Swimming, the International Weightlifting Federation, and other Olympic National Governing Bodies and International Federations.

After a legal wrangle over the level of co-operation provided by the first Sharks player who was interviewed, Wade Graham, the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority quickly cancelled its interviews with the NRL club in its sights and Young is believed to work from Colorado Springs on the ASADA case though the anti-doping agency didn’t rule out him being flown here in the future. The lawyer is no stranger to cases of performance enhancing drugs in Australia; his services were sought in 2006 by ASADA to front the investigation into Australian weightlifting that led to several lifters and coaches being suspended.

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Wednesday 20, Mar 2013

  AOC Chief Says WADA Testing “Ineffective”

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AOC Chief Says WADA Testing Ineffective

Australia’s Olympic chief has said the prescribed testing of the World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA) is ineffective to catch drug cheats and should be supplemented by criminal penalties for athletes who refuse to cooperate with investigations.

The lawmakers in Australia are weighing proposed law changes that would increase the powers of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA), including giving it the authority to fine people up to A$5,100 ($5,200) for withholding information in an investigation.

The civil penalty would not be enough, Australian Olympic Committee chief John Coates said and pushed the lawmakers to consider adding the threat of a jail term in the proposed amendments. At a Senate hearing in Canberra, Coates remarked there is a case for us to acknowledge that the testing that WADA prescribes, and that is carried out in this country and around the world, is ineffective at catching drug cheats and WADA is not in a position to tell you what to legislate.

The current president of the Australian Olympic Committee and chairman of the Australian Olympic Foundation also added that he thinks the proposed bill is a very big improvement as drafted with the civil penalties, but he certainly thinks there is a case for having criminal penalties.

Last month, Australia has been rocked by a government-released report that found “widespread” doping among professional and amateur athletes Down Under, with the supply of banned drugs fuelled by organized crime. ASADA, in its response to the damning report, announced it was conducting probes into the two most popular football codes in the country, Australian Rules and the National Rugby League.

The proposed changes outlined in the ‘Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Amendment Bill 2013′ has been described by the top athletes’ association of Australia as as “troubling” and premature. In a submission, the Australian Athletes’ Alliance said the bill would grant powers to ASADA that would be insufficiently defined under the amended legislation and would infringe human rights and principles of best legislative practice. Meanwhile, lawyers have also criticized the compulsory disclosure amendment of the bull as violating the right of a person not to “self-incriminate”. The Australian Olympic Committee has been vocal in the recent past in its stance against drugs cheats and will make athletes competing at the Sochi Winter games next year to sign statutory declarations saying they have no history of doping.

Coates has always been ‘more than just expressive and aggressive’ with words and his warning to catch drug cheats before the London 2012 Games is still remembered by some. He remarked the IOC will continue re-testing stored samples after the Games and said the International Olympic Committee is working with government agencies to ensure an essential flow of information in the fight against doping. He also remarked that it is important that ASADA in Australia remains ready and resourced to retest the samples they are already stored as new forms of analysis and information from customs, and other government agencies increasingly becoming available. He recently told a Senate Committe hearing that just because Australia is already a world leader in the fight against drugs in sport does not mean it should not further intensify the fight against drug cheats.

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