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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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Friday 16, Jul 2010

  Queensland coach puts players on notice

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Mal Meninga, the Queensland coachMal Meninga, the Queensland coach, has issued a stern warning to his Origin stars by remarking that any of the players found performing acts that can damage reputation of the league will be kicked out of Camp Maroon.

Meninga has vowed to follow a zero-tolerance approach to any player who is found guilty of an alcohol-triggered indiscretion over the next six weeks.

Meninga said the players are custodians of rugby league and the game is bigger than anybody and players shouldn’t be involved in the game if they want to bring the game into disrepute.

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