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Monday 13, Mar 2017

  Essendon Sought Help Of Underworld Figure In Doping Case

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Underworld enforcer Mick Gatto has claimed a senior official of the Essendon Football Club approached him at the height of the drugs saga to find out what was going on with it all.

The Bombers are locked in a bitter legal battle with Dean Wallis, dual premiership hero, and ex-team manager John Elliott — the latter alleging that bosses reached out to Gatto. The father of Elliott remarked he in late 2014 had a cafe meeting with a senior Bombers official (whom Bombers denied had dealings with Gatto) who had asked him to arrange a meeting with the Carlton identity.

Previously, it was reported by the Herald Sun that Elliott Jr. had alleged in a signed statement as part of a compensation action that he was asked to set up a meeting off-site with Mick Gatto, an external well-known dispute resolution specialist in November 2014. Elliott Jr. had also commented that the purpose of the meeting was in regard to obtaining information from Shane Charter, who was a supplier to Stephen Dank.

However, Bombers chairman Lindsay Tanner insisted it was Gatto who came to the club offering help, and he was knocked back. Tanner remarked allegations of an official having dealings with Mick Gatto are false. The claims of Tanner were rejected by Elliott Sr. who said he was asked to set up a meeting with Gatto in a meeting at The Delicious Afare cafe in Strathmore held with the official in late 2014. Elliott Sr. added a third party could verify that cafe rendezvous and also commented that he organized a meeting within three days but the Essendon official pulled out due to another commitment. Elliott Sr. also remarked he told Gatto that the meeting would not go ahead as planned and also remarked the official later said he did not wish to proceed with the meeting and that was the end of it.

Tanner dismissed the allegations of Elliott as the acts of disgruntled ex-employees who have made a number of false and unsubstantiated allegations against the club. Tanner added allegations of dealings with Mick Gatto are false and also remarked inappropriate demands and threats made upon Essendon Football Club have been reported to the AFL Integrity Department Victoria Police have been contacted on its advice. Tanner did not respond to the claims of Elliott Sr. regarding Gatto but remarked he is advised by his predecessor Paul Little that he was approached by Mick Gatto offering his assistance and this offer was declined.

Gatto said he did get embroiled in it and he was approached. The underworld enforcer in an interview by The Footy Show star Sam Newman at a Lygon St restaurant said it would not be very professional of him to divulge who he met and added they just wanted me to find out what was going on with it all and what he could find out and have a feel around.

Police is presently investigating a “report of a blackmail matter” after it was remarked by the Bombers that they had lodged a complaint regarding alleged threats.

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Friday 11, Nov 2016

  Jobe Watson To Return Brownlow Medal

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Essendon Football Club bedrock Jobe Watson has decided to hand his 2012 Brownlow Medal back to the Australian Football League.

Jobe remarked he does not want the specter of the club’s doping scandal looming over his win. In a statement, Watson remarked he will be handing back the sport’s highest individual accolade “with mixed emotions,” and added it is now up to the league to decide what to do with the medal. Referring to the recent decision of a Swiss court not to hear an appeal from the Bombers deemed to have broken doping guidelines. Watson said it has been incredibly distressing for him to have people question his integrity and infer an intention to act against the spirit of the game, a spirit that is intrinsically a part of who he is. Jobe added the basic principle behind this prestigious award is to honor the fairest and best and added if there is a question in peoples’ minds as to whether the 2012 award is tainted, the fairest and best thing to do is to give it back and honor the history that has gone before him. Watson added giving the award back was the only thing to do in the spirit of the Brownlow Medal.

Watson, who served a year-long suspension because of findings of the Court of Arbitration for Sport, said this decision does not change his stance that ruling of the CAS was based on “perception rather than evidence.” Watson was scheduled to face the AFL Commission next week regarding his award and decided to bring an end to a a long period of speculation regarding what would become of the medal.

In a statement, the AFL’s chief executive officer Gillon McLachlan acknowledged the decision of Watson. McLachlan remarked Jobe, in his own words, is honoring the history of the medal and putting the interests of the game first, and this is an honorable position for him to have taken. The AFL CEO added AFL Commission would hold its regular scheduled meeting in Melbourne next Tuesday and will consider the statement of Jobe before formally ruling on the future of the 2012 award.

New West Coast midfielder Sam Mitchell declined to comment about the possibility of becoming the official 2012 Brownlow Medalist. Mitchell finished second to Watson in the 2012 vote while playing for Hawthorn. The midfielder remarked he had not heard about the decision and therefore did not want to comment on it.

Essendon chairman Lindsay Tanner said the Australian Football League club took responsibility for placing its captain in this position. In a statement, Tanner remarked Jobe has remained unassailably dignified under the most extraordinary pressure over the past four years and added the club takes responsibility for placing Jobe in this position and unreservedly apologizes to him and his family. Tanner also commented that Jobe is a person of the highest integrity and character and has the total support and admiration of our membership, staff, executive and board and also said the Essendon family has been, and will continue to be, incredibly proud of Jobe Watson.

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Tuesday 10, May 2016

  Sports Warned By ASC About Match-Fixing And Doping Risks

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John Wylie, chairman of the Australian Sports Commission, has written to professional clubs and national associations across the country imploring board directors to follow new integrity guidelines to help insulating their organizations from the growing risks of match-fixing and doping.

Wylie remarked the integrity risks to sport are increasing in a range of areas, not just in doping and illicit drugs but in match-fixing and areas like that. The chairman of the Australian Sports Commission also commented that we wanted to provide practical guidance to directors of sports boards as to what are the questions they should be asking around the board table to maximize the likelihood that they can avoid any problems in integrity in their sport and their clubs. Wylie also said the risks are going up and that means the reputational risk to directors is increasing so we felt that there is a very important goal there for the sports commission.

The ASC, which oversees more than $134 million of federal government funding to sports, sent a five-page document imploring volunteer directors to be vigilant. The guidelines of ASC include advice to sport directors to sit in and hear briefings at least once a year given by their sport’s anti-corruption officials to players. The ASC guidelines also suggested that the directors should ask questions pertaining to sports medicine and sports science, illicit drugs, anti-doping, child protection, and match-fixing.

Wylie said frankly a lot of directors on the sports boards do not know what questions to ask but no one wants to be a director of an organization where things blow up into an integrity crisis so we are trying to help them minimize the risks. The Australian Sports Commission chairman added directors should be aware of what the trends are in betting, they should be making sure that their sporting code is working with all the international organizations that monitor sports betting, for example and also said being fully informed is an essential part of minimizing the risk for directors. The new guidelines for directors were not mandatory and not associated to funding of individual sports, said Wylie. The ASC chairman also said the integrity of sport is fundamental to spectators’ confidence in the sports and to the long-term success of the sport.

Major football codes of Australia have been gripped by high-profile doping scandals in recent times with Essendon and Cronulla being the big names. There have also been prominent match-fixing affairs in the Victorian League Soccer and the NRL in recent years.

In a recently-released by the World Anti-Doping Agency listing the top 10 nations with maximum drug offences in 2014, Australia was on the seventh spot with 49 recorded doping offences. This count included 20 in rugby league, nine in bodybuilding, four in life-saving, three in athletics, two in Australian rules for football, two in cycling, among others. Russia was on the top of the list followed by Italy and India. Belgium, France and Turkey landed the fourth, fifth, and sixth positions. WADA Director General David Howman remarked the report is strictly evidence-based.

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Wednesday 13, Jan 2016

  Legal Team Is Reviewing Doping Decision, Says Essendon Captain

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Essendon Captain Jobe Watson has remarked it has been difficult for the team to come to terms with the decision that found him and 33 other Australian Football League players guilty of doping offences. The suspensions mean 12 current Essendon players and the five at other clubs are suspended for the 2016 season.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld an appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) against the AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal ruling of March 2015 that had initially cleared the players. The CAS panel found 34 past and present Essendon players guilty of violating anti-doping rules and suspended them for the 2016 season. The decision is expected to further damage credibility and sustainability of Essendon and may mean a likely end to some careers.

In a statement on website of the Essendon Football Club, Watson on behalf of the players said the decision announced by the Court of Arbitration for Sport to uphold WADA’s appeal is devastating. The Essendon Captain remarked the team is struggling to come to terms with the decision and feels it does not support firm belief of the team that we are innocent. Watson also said our legal team is conducting a thorough review of the decision and will explore any avenues available to us and added that the players would like to thank our families, our friends, our members and supporters for their unwavering support.

Watson also remarked we will not be making any further comment and ask the media to please respect our privacy during this extremely challenging period. The professional Australian Rules footballer said we would also like to thank the AFL Players Association for their ongoing support throughout the last three years.

It is widely believed that the 34 players would take Essendon to court and this could possibly mean millions of dollars would be at stake. Commenting on the CAS verdict, AFL players’ association chief executive Paul Marsh said the association would talk to the league and Essendon Football Club first. Marsh added there would be a “very high” chance of court action if the talks do not work out as expected.

Ben McDevitt, the chief executive of Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, said there were very little grounds for the players to claim they were at no significant fault.

The AFL players’ association chief said he does not believe anyone wants to drag this through the courts and add another few years to this process but added he would like to think that there could be productive discussions to try and get to this point. Marsh also remarked legal action is something that one can look at if the talks fail and added legal team of the players will now conduct a thorough review of the decision.

Federal Greens leader Richard Di Natale, a medical doctor and a former VFL player, criticized the CAS verdict and said the onus of responsibility needs to be applied further up the line to those health professionals, health administrators and other individuals who have had a role to play in what’s occurred here.

In another development, AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan commented that the Brownlow Medal awarded to Watson in 2012, the game’s highest individual honor, would be reviewed in February in light of the doping verdict.

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Monday 20, Apr 2015

  ASADA Not To Appeal Against Verdicts On Essendon And Stephen Dank

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ASADA Not To Appeal Against Verdicts On Essendon And Stephen Dank

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority has announced it will not appeal against the guilty findings against 34 past and present Essendon players and controversial sports scientist Stephen Dank, who was found guilty on 10 charges.

However, ASADA urged the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to take the matter direct to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority said any appeal against the AFL anti-doping tribunal verdicts on Essendon and Dank would remain within the AFL framework.

ASADA chief executive Ben McDevitt gave a hint of a trust in the AFL system by remarking any appeal by ASADA would ultimately serve only to delay consideration of these matters and it may deny an immediate chance to WADA to take the case to the international Court of Arbitration for Sport. McDevitt said as with all other decisions he has made in these matters this decision has largely been informed by comprehensive legal advice.

The ASADA chief executive added he is conscious that ASADA does not have a direct right of appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and the only appeal avenue open to ASADA at this time is to the AFL anti-doping appeals tribunal. McDevitt added he is also aware that appealing any of these decisions within the AFL framework would ultimately serve only to delay consideration of these matters by the World Anti-Doping Agency. He went on to remark therefore he has arranged to provide the entire case file encompassing all 35 matters to WADA for its independent review and this is in accordance with global anti-doping protocols.

The chief executive of ASADA added that WADA will then be able to make an independent decision as to whether to exercise its appeal options and ASADA will support any WADA initiated appeal in relation to these matters. McDevitt also remarked he wanted the findings of the tribunal to be made public.

The World Anti-Doping Agency now has 21 days to decide whether or not it wants to appeal the case. Its appeal is taken directly to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and not the AFL appeals board.

Meanwhile, Stephen Dank has confirmed he would appeal against the 10 charges laid by the tribunal and also said he is contemplating legal action against ASADA for their investigation. The sports scientist was found guilty of trafficking, attempting to traffic and complicity in matters related to a range of prohibited substances. He was also accused of overseeing what substances the players took and being the architect of the supplements program.

Former ASADA chairman Richard Ings said the charges against Dank do not surprise him. Ings said it has been a long time coming but Stephen Dank has made certain admissions about the distributions about banned substances and that he has a business in peptides that distributes banned substances.

In another development, Essendon coach James Hird has remarked he is ready to testify at a Senate inquiry into ASADA as Dank signaled he would appeal his guilty verdict. Hird remarked he would be happy to tell all about an inquiry he went to Federal Court to derail, assuming Essendon has never told its side of the story.

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Thursday 02, Apr 2015

  Essendon Doping Investigation Criticized By John Fahey

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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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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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Tuesday 15, Oct 2013

  Essendon Players Not To Be Charged Immediately

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The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) and the Federal government have told the Australian Football League (AFL) that ASADA has no immediate plans to start processing doping charges against Essendon players.

However, it is believed that there still seems to be a possibility of infraction notices sent to individual players with the joint investigation by AFL-ASADA into possible use of performance enhancing drugs at Essendon. In another development, AFL chief Andrew Demetriou says he has no knowledge of imminent bans for Essendon players and officials, but he cannot rule them out. Demetriou also hinted that there is a possibility of sanctions hanging over Essendon for all of next season and possibly longer.

Essendon interim CEO Ray Gunston refuted claims that the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority has plans of putting up infraction notices against players and club officials that could result in lifetime bans from all sport. Gunston said the club understands that there is no factual basis to the story in relation to the issuing of infraction notices at this point in time. An ASADA spokesman said the anti-doping agency is aware of a media report speculating on the issuing of infraction notices in the AFL and it is important to note that under its legislation ASADA is unable to provide specific comments on individual investigations to protect the integrity of the investigation as well as individuals.

Australian Sport Minister Peter Dutton remarked as a general rule ASADA have extensive powers and they will exercise those powers where they see fit and if people have done the wrong thing they will impose bans, they will make sure they investigate matters properly and that’s appropriate.

Coach Tim Sheens when asked if he is concerned the ASADA investigation could potentially derail the World Cup campaign of the Kangaroos said you never get ahead of yourself in this business, so it’s about playing football with the team we’ve picked and if something happens we’ll consider what happens at that point. He added all you do is to prepare well to play football and that’s his role and the team’s role.

Meanwhile, Australian Rugby League commission chairman John Grant has revealed contingency plans are in place in case any of the Kangaroos’ players receive infraction notices resulting from the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority investigation during the upcoming Rugby League World Cup. Grant confirmed all interviews with NRL players and relevant officials have been completed and remarked we’ll take whatever actions from a Commission point of view that are appropriate. He added if in fact there is a situation that does come where there’s an infraction notice issued against a player that’s in the squad, there’s a process within the Rugby League World Cup rules whereby a nation can apply to have a replacement but that’s to be determined at that time.

It is widely believed that Essendon doctor Bruce Reid may escape an infraction notice. A report appearing in The Australian suggested that Reid would be cleared of all charges and face no penalty for his role in failing to prevent Essendon players being exposed to health risks and, potentially, anti-doping violations through the injection of exotic supplements.

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Saturday 06, Jul 2013

  Bombers Could Lose Competition Points

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The Australian Football League (AFL) has left open the possibility that third-placed Essendon with a 10-3 record in 2013 may be stripped of premiership points over the supplements scandal.

The AFL will consider various options if the Bombers are found guilty following the completion of the anti-doping investigation by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA), said AFL general manager of football operations Mark Evans. When asked if Essendon could lose premiership points, Evans said it is certainly within the scope of the (AFL) Commission to do that, but it will be a Commission decision once it has been tabled.

The internal investigation of Essendon has already described what was going on at the AFL club in the year 2012 as a pharmacologically experimental environment never adequately controlled or challenged. The problems of the team were increased when Essendon Captain Jobe Watson said he believes he was administered AOD-9604 in 2012, saying it was cleared for his use by club medical staff.

The first casualty for the club was Essendon chief executive Ian Robson who rendered his resignation as the fallout from the club’s supplement scandal grows. Robson remarked we now know a lot happened at this club in 2012 that just should not have happened and we let down our players and their families. He also said he is accountable as the CEO and accept his accountability.

This was after an internal investigation by former Telstra boss Ziggy Switkowski was critical of the governance failures of Essendon. Bombers recently released the findings from the Switkowski report that said the use of exotic supplements, frequency of injections, and marginalization of traditional medical staff created a disturbing picture of a pharmacologically experimental environment never adequately controlled or challenged or documented within the club. Though the report did not call for sackings but said the CEO was responsible for overseeing all club matters.

In March this year, the Herald Sun revealed that Essendon players were urged to have up to 40 injections each last season. The team’s coach James Hird was accused by Stephen Danks, who was running the team’s sports science program in 2002, of taking drugs banned for players. The Herald Sun also revealed that Danks ordered another banned substance, Thymosin Beta 4 CJC-1295, from biochemist Shane Charter while working at Essendon but it is not known if the drug was administered to players.

The Essendon Football Club, nicknamed The Bombers, was formed in 1871 as a junior club and as a senior club in 1873. This Australian rules football club which plays in the Australian Football League (AFL) has won 16 Victorian Football league/AFL premierships which, along with Carlton, is the most of any club in the AFL. Today, the Essendon Football Club’s leadership group consists of Jobe Watson (Captain), David Hille (Vice-Captain), Heath Hocking, Brent Stanton, Michael Hurley, David Zaharakis, Brendan Goddard, Dyson Heppell, and Jason Winderlich. The club’s mascot is named Skeeta Reynolds (a mosquito), named after Dick Reynolds. The team mascot was created in honor of the team’s back-to-back Premierships side in the 1920s known as the Mosquito Fleet.

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Wednesday 03, Jul 2013

  Essendon Player Were Used As Guineas Pigs

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Essendon Player Were Used As Guineas Pigs

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) is presently investigating whether Bombers players were a part of a virtual clinical trial of the banned substance AOD-9604, which is not approved for human use.

Meanwhile, Essendon admitted that they would not know the complete extent of what all happened at the AFL club during their controversial supplements program until the anti-doping investigation of ASADA is completed. It would be deeply distressing and disturbing if shocking allegations that their players were used as guinea pigs for the anti-obesity drug AOD-9604 were found to be correct, the Bombers say.

The AFL club said the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority is probing if some players were put on the banned drug and their performance is measured against players who were not using it. In a statement, Essendon said the club has no knowledge of any clinical trial and, if this is found to be true, it is deeply distressing and disturbing, and goes to the heart of what may have been perpetrated at our club. It was further revealed through the statement that there is information that Essendon still do not have as a club and it is looking to the ASADA investigation to uncover the full extent of what happened at the club.

Meanwhile, Essendon skipper Jobe Watson admits he believes he was administered AOD-9604 last year and said it was cleared for his use by club medical staff. According to reports, players including Watson were given the banned anti-obesity drug at a volume and frequency far exceeding that of clinical trials.

A source familiar with the ASADA inquiry remarked that the World Anti-Doping Agency is shocked by some of the substances going around Essendon and some of the NRL clubs and some of those drugs had not been thought of in a sporting context before. It was also remarked that we’ve got a playing generation of guinea pigs.

AFL deputy chief executive officer Gillon McLachlan said the AFL will not comment on claims and speculation related to the case out of respect for the ongoing ASADA-AFL investigation. McLachlan added that we understand the intense interest in the matter, but the integrity of the process must be respected and urged everyone to remain patient and to allow the investigators to do their work and to reach their conclusions based on all the evidence available.

In another development, a new legislation (Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Amendment Bill 2013) has been passed that provides new powers to the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) to compel individuals to assist ASADA’s investigations. The legislation was drafted on the recommendation of esteemed Judge James Wood following the review into Cycling Australia, said former Minister for Sport, Senator Kate Lundy.

Senator 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 and added that this legislation won’t force individuals to self-incriminate in interviews, interviewees will now have to produce documents, materials and things relating to anti-doping investigations and the legislation will also force those people who work with athletes at the fringes, but not directly employed by clubs, to attend ASADA interviews.

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