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Tuesday 12, Feb 2013

  Six Australian Rugby League Clubs Under Investigation

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Six Australian Rugby League Clubs Under Investigation

Anti-doping officials have met with six top-flight Australian rugby league clubs that were named in a national probe into the use of banned performance enhancing drugs that sent shockwaves across the country.

On Tuesday, the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency (ASADA) briefed National Rugby League (NRL) clubs Manly, Cronulla, Newcastle, Penrith, North Queensland, and Canberra on their investigation process after the clubs confirmed they were under scrutiny in the wake of a recently-released report.

The report, which is the result of a year-long investigation of Australia’s top criminal intelligence unit, had already implicated two teams of Australian Rules footba

ll to rock the sports-mad country.

The NRL said ASADA met with the affected NRL clubs as a group and individually and a brave face was put by senior officials at the teams. Manly CEO David Perry said we need to c

lean the game up if it is bigger than we think but expressed hopes that all is probably fine. Penrith boss Phil Gould, who slammed the report that didn’t provide details of affected clubs and players, said he understood it would be a drawn-out process. Canberra Raiders chief Don Furner remarked that we fully support any investigations by the NRL or the ACC in relations to these matters while Newcastle Knights chief executive Matt Gidley said his club will cooperate with any official inquiry and it maintains full confidence under the management of (coach) Wayne Bennett. North

Queensland Cowboys chief executive Peter Jourdain said the team has been mentioned in the report but they have no information on the context and they will not make any further public comment until a briefing is received by them though they strongly support the investigation.

The call from ARL Commission chief executive David Smith to Cowboys management came as a surprise to them as they said earlier in the day that they understood they were not one of the clubs to be named by the ACC. The ARL Commission chief executive said the league had no authority to confirm the number of players referred to in the report and added that the information that has been passed on to the clubs is simply that they have been referred to within the report. Meanwhile, the NRL has committed to establishing a fully resourced integrity unit and appointed a former federal court judge to assist in its investigations in the wake of the explosive report.

Ten other NRL clubs all confirmed they were not mentioned in the report. Meanwhile, authorities from cricket, football, and rugby union remarked they are not under investigation.

The meeting came after Australia’s sports minister, Kate Lundy, warned the country is facing a grim fight to stamp out doping, which the top criminal intelligence unit of Australia said was fueled by organized crime.

World Anti-Doping Agency chief John Fahey said he did not understand why the government released the report in such a broadbrush way and added that he didn’t understand the motive behind that or the strategy though he said there may be a good reason but that is unknown to him at this stage.

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Tuesday 28, Sep 2010

  Pakistan has more problems than just match fixing

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Pakistan has more problems than just match fixingCricket is a matter of special pride in Pakistan and cricketers from the country have done their level best to portray a positive image of the country besides providing a source of hope for those whose everyday life is both tedious and joyless.

This is best evident from the fact that Pakistanis literally dance on the street when the Pakistan cricket team wins and burn effigies when the team loses a game.

It is, however, a breather for the Pakistanis that former World Cup winning captain Younis Khan and Shahid Afridi, both fearless Pathans schooled in the honor code have not been named in the match fixing scandals.

Wednesday 07, Oct 2009

  ICC finds WADA code as a security threat

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ICC finds WADA code as a security threatThe International Cricket Council is questioning the World Anti-doping Agency’s decision  to subject their athletes to Olympic drug regulations.

The Indians remained insistent that it poses as a security threat to high-profile athletes such as Sachin Tendulkar. They are confident that other nations would support them.

The WADA code demands that athletes must submit their whereabouts for an hour every day for the next three months so they can be tested at short notice. It is designed to prevent the use of hi-tech steroids that can be flushed out of the body quickly, yet steroid abuse is not seen as a problem in cricket.

The system was supposed to take effect last August 1 but the eleven cricketers involved refused to provide the required the information. The testing pool included Tendulkar.

The Board of Cricket Control for India  would rather see the International Cricket Council steup its own drug testing unit than adapt the Olympic regulations. However, the ICC seemed reluctant in committing the resources required.

In 2000, it has won respect around the world for the work of the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit, formed in response to the match-fixing scandal. Since then, it has been used as a blueprint by other sports.

Friday 25, Sep 2009

  Pakistani cricketer undergoes another dope test

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Pakistani cricketer undergoes another dope testAfter his one-year ban, which started this February, but was backdated to September last year, Mohammad Asif was finally eligible to play for the Champions Trophy.

Last Thursday, the Pakistan fast bowler was taken by the International Cricket Council for a mandatory drug testing.

According to a member of the team management, the test was nothing out of the ordinary. It was conducted in compliance with the ICC anti-steroid policy.

Asif had previous records of testing positive in his doping tests. He tested positive for nandrolone first at the Indian Premiere League and second, at the Champions Trophy in 2006 held in India.

He pleaded ignorance over the use of the substance. He was initially banned but an appeal was made so the punishment was scrapped.

He continued to create controversies, and by June 1, 2008, he was detained in Dubai airport for allegedly possessing opium. He was finally deported and no case was filed against him.

Pakistan will play against India this Saturday but it is still unconfirmed if Asif will be able to play. In their tournament opener where Pakistan played against the West Indies, the Pakistani bowler was also not included.

Wednesday 23, Jul 2008

  Pakistan cricketer suspended due to steroid use

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Cricketer steroidsThe steroid nandrolone (a.k.a. 19-nortestosterone) has the nasty, nasty reputation of being detected by the oh-so-watchful eye of anti-doping officials. The latest athlete who tested positive with this banned compound is Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif. Asif is now facing a two-year suspension. This is strike two for Asif – he tested positive for the same drug in 2006 (some men are obviously slow learners).

In order to keep the fame and its attendant fortune intact, athletes must remember these three things: 1) nadrolone is a banned compound, 2) nandrolone metabolites can be detected for several months after last injection, and 3) anti-doping agencies and sports organizations are developing new technology in outsmarting the not-so-smart athletes. The recent improvements in the purification, isolation and analysis of urine specimens make it highly probable to identify even the minutest level of steroids during testing. And athletes really should not ask who’s gonna win in this kind of peeing contest.

AFP files this report on the Asif incident:

Pakistan paceman Mohammad Asif tested positive for the banned steroid nandrolone during the Indian Premier League (IPL), his lawyer said Friday.
The 25-year-old was named on Monday as the player who tested positive for a banned drug during the IPL held between April and June, and the Pakistan Cricket Board suspended him on Tuesday.

It is the second time in his career that Asif has tested positive for the substance, having been found with nandrolone in his system in October 2006 along with Shoaib Akhtar.
“The IPL have informed us that the B-sample of his urine could possibly be tested in the same laboratory in Switzerland on July 28,” Asif’s lawyer Shahid Karim told AFP.
“Asif is very keen to have his name cleared so he is anxious to go to Switzerland because he is confident to get out of this mess and play,” said Karim.

Asif had a taste of trouble earlier this year when he was seized at Dubai airport while returning from the IPL in India on June 1 on charges of possessing opium.
He was detained at the airport for 19 days before the Gulf police deported him after they found the quantity of the drug “insignificant.”

The fast-rising bowler was banned for one year after he first tested positive for nandrolone two years ago, while Akhtar got a two-year lay-off. Both bans were overturned on appeal.
The Pakistan Cricket Board dropped Asif from a 30-man provisional squad for September’s Champions Trophy squad announced on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Rameez Raza, former Pakistan captain and chief executive, is critical of the Pakistan Cricket Board, saying if the PCB had taken a sterner action against Asif two years ago then they will not be having this kind of problem today. Raza says the recent incident with Asif is casting a bad reputation to the sport.

Raza also throws some strong words against Asif, stating that Asif is solely responsible for ruining his own career.

The site newKerala.com files this side of the news:

Rameez said that it was unfortunate for Pakistan cricket being stormed by controversies one after the other.

He said that the cricketers by virtue of central contracts were employees of the Board against whom severe disciplinary actions should be taken instead of rescuing them.

If the Board gets strong, then it would never fall prey to the political maneuvrings, but Muhammad Asif, when tested positive in 2006, was let off on political considerations and now, first the Dubai case and then the IPL dope test came to the fore.