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Thursday 21, Aug 2014

  Cronulla Sharks Players Receive Doping Show-Cause Notices

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Cronulla sharks players receive doping show cause notices

Show-cause notices have been issued to seventeen past and present Cronulla Sharks players over the 2011 supplements program of the club.

A proposal regarding a possible suspension by the anti-doping authority has been offered to Nathan Gardner, Wade Graham, Anthony Tupou, John Morris, and Paul Gallen.

According to News Corp Australia, the notices were distributed at a series of meetings on August 20. The players will have ten days to submit their response and have the option of challenging the notices. The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) and Cronulla have confirmed five players presently contracted to the Sharks and 12 former players of the club have received show cause notices from the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.

Sharks skipper Paul Gallen is one of the involved players and expressed concern that they will be labeled as drug cheats by accepting reduced bans. Gallen remarked our reputation is tarnished now already, but no matter what, if we do this we’re going to be labeled a drug cheat. Gallen also said whatever happens is going to happen and we can just get on with life because closure on this thing would just be unbelievable after what we have gone through the past two seasons. Gallen said he had not taken any banned substance and said it would be devastating if he is prevented from playing for Australia and seeing his reputation damaged.

In a statement, the Cronulla Sharks said five players have been offered a proposal regarding a possible suspension. It was added that the Sharks will continue to act in the best interests of the players and are providing on-going support, both to those issued with the notices as well as others in the club, while solicitors acting for the players will continue to manage the process on their behalf. It was also revealed that the ASADA CEO (Ben McDevitt) based on his assessment of the evidence has reached the conclusion that the players have a case to answer under the World Anti-Doping Code.  The club statement said the Sharks will continue to act in the best interests of the players and are providing on-going support both to those issued with the notices as well as others in the club and added that solicitors acting for the players will continue to manage the process on their behalf.

In a statement, ASADA remarked the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) commenced issuing ‘show cause’ notices to current and former players from the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Football Club. It added a total of 17 ‘show cause’ notices are to be issued in accordance with the ASADA Chief Executive Officer’s (CEO) responsibilities under the ASADA Act and relate to the use of prohibited substances, CJC-1295 and GHRP-6, during the 2011 season and the decision to issue ‘show cause’ notices by ASADA CEO, Ben McDevitt is based on evidence collected during the 16 month investigation. ASADA added the World Anti-Doping Code’s Prohibited List categorizes CJC-1295 and GHRP-6 under S2 ‘Peptide Hormones, Growth Factors and Related Substances’ and added that anyone considering the use of these substances should be aware that they may result in potentially serious health consequences. It was added that GHRP-6 is not approved for human use in Australia.

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Tuesday 23, Apr 2013

  Anzac League Test May Get Disrupted With Doping Tests

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Anzac League Test May Get Disrupted With Doping Tests

If the Australian Sports Anti Doping Authority requests interviews with players in the Kiwis and Kangaroos teams, the preparations for the Anzac Day test in Canberra could be disrupted for both sides.

Meanwhile, Rugby League International Federation chairman, New Zealander Scott Carter, admitted that he has concerns about the World Cup could be affected by players serving bans during the tournament. The members of the playing teams are presently under doubt and a potential cloud hangs over both camps in their preparation as the Australian Anti-Doping Agency (ASADA) has begun its interview process with the 31 NRL players it claims breached anti-doping regulations during the 2011 season. The anti-doping agency, based in Canberra, has already issued several infraction notices, calling players in for extensive interviewing.

There is a possibility that some of the Kangaroos players may be caught up in the investigation, Coach Tim Sheens admits but said that he is retaining a solitary focus on getting his side ready for the Anzac Day test in Canberra. Sheens added that he is not going to worry himself about it and would go on to concentrate on preparing the team and also remarked that the team will address anything adverse at the same time if that happens. The Kangaroos coach also remarked that we have only got a short preparation, so his aim at the moment is to get the team ready and worry about other things.

It is rumored that Kiwis back rower Jeremy Smith is one of the players in the spotlight of the Australian Anti-Doping Agency as he was at Cronulla Sharks in 2011, the team and year ASADA is most concerned about. The player is certain to be named in the New Zealand side but New Zealand Rugby League CEO Phil Holden says he is unaware of any Kiwi players that Asada needs to talk to and said he is not aware of any of the details around it or if any of his players have been contacted and if someone had to be interviewed it would have an impact on them on a personal level.

Many believe that there still remains the possibility of players receiving bans that would take them out of contention for the World Cup, which begins in October. Meanwhile, the prospects of BBC securing the broadcasting rights for the World Cup in the UK and huge exposure during the tournament and open up the game to new markets in Britain outside its powerbase in the north of England may get damaged if Australia and the Kiwis are missing any top stars due to bans for taking illegal performance enhancing drugs.

The bottom line is that any international or national body would be concerned if there were drug issues, especially if they were widespread and whether it’s a national team or a World Cup, nobody would want it tarnished by marquee players missing, Rugby League International Federation chairman, New Zealander Scott Carter, said. He added that the ASADA issue is an interesting one because everyone is still waiting to see whether this is an issue as big as it has been hinted at or not and to date, there is no reason to suspect there would be wholesale decimation of national sides.

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