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Friday 27, Sep 2013

  Doping Probe Into Sydney Roosters Ceased

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Doping Probe Into Sydney Roosters Ceased

The integrity unit of National Rugby League has ceased anti-doping investigations into the Sydney Roosters, according to NRL chief executive Dave Smith. Smith, speaking at the Men of League’s annual luncheon in Brisbane, remarked expected the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority would not pursue the matter further.

Smith added he did not expect the club or its players to face any sanction for a doping-related matter and added we became aware earlier in the year of the issues being reported (on the Sydney Roosters) and that information has been with ASADA for some time too.

Roosters went into trouble after some of their players returned elevated Human Growth Hormone (HGH) levels in an unsanctioned test. A report by Fairfax Media revealed that six Roosters players returned blood test results with elevated readings for HGH. The team, two days before their preliminary final against Newcastle, remarked that it had sacked a sports nutrition company when six of its players returned tests with elevated readings for HGH. Nubodi, the company, was hired at the end of last year for helping fine tune detox diets for players before being dismissed in January. Nubodi Group boss Sean Carolan has denied providing HGH to Sydney Roosters’ players and claimed his work with the team was confined to dietary advice based on blood pathology.

NRL chief operating officer Jim Doyle expressed concerns that the blood tests of players including Boyd Cordner, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, and Sam Moa ending up on the mobile phone of an alleged crime figure raised concerns.

In a statement, the Sydney Roosters remarked there had been “full voluntary disclosure” with the integrity unit over the matter and they had not received any contact from Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority about the matter. The statement also revealed that players have been regularly and extensively tested throughout the season by ASADA and the club has fully cooperated with the organization’s routine tests as is the case with all clubs and the team reinforce that the club maintains the absolute highest standards in its own policies and governance and, as a club, we have nothing to hide.

Roosters’ chief operating officer Brian Canavan however remarked that we were very unhappy that the extended (blood) testing was conducted. It was done without our knowledge. He went on to remark that the players thought they were being tested for conventional nutrition tests and the tests results came back to us and the growth hormone levels were indicated on the test results. Canavan added we did not order those through this company and once all this unfolded he wrote a report to the NRL integrity unit and what the integrity unit did from there I’m not sure. Canavan said the Roosters had no case to answer and added the couple of players who had elevated readings were tested again by our club doctor and those readings were perfectly normal and some tests were done which were parts of a normal nutrition test that the athletes undergo.

In a preliminary final, the team will take on Newcastle on Saturday night with the winner to progress to the grand final on October 6.

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Monday 23, Sep 2013

  Sydney Roosters Set To Be Embroiled In Controversy

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Minor premiers Sydney Premiers can be dragged into the doping investigations of the National Rugby League. This was after two of their players are expected to be interviewed by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency (ASADA).

It is rumored that the names of Sydney Roosters‘ players came up during the investigation of Sandor Earl, the Canberra Raiders star, who recently admitted to using and trafficking banned peptides. It was confirmed by Roosters CEO Brian Canavan that officials were aware of the rumors but the club was not yet contacted by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency. Canavan remarked we are not aware of any investigation though we are aware that some rumors are circulating that a couple of players and ex-players may be interviewed. He added the club has the highest standards in their own governance practice and procedures and is totally compliant with the integrity unit’s practices and procedures.

According to Daily Telegraph, the club has been implicated because of a common party between Sydney Roosters and Earl, who started his career at Bondi Junction before he moved to Penrith in 2010. Meanwhile, the camp of Earl has denied rumors that the 23-year-old has provided any information about other players of the National Rugby League to ASADA. It is believed that Earl actually provided evidence about sports scientists Steve Dank for obtaining a significant assistance in getting his ban cut from 4 years to 1 year.

According to an announcement by National Rugby League (NRL) chief Dave Smith, an infraction notice was issued to Sandor Earl as a result of the ongoing ASADA investigation. Smith added that the infraction notice is a result of an interview between the player and ASADA in which admissions were made into the use and trafficking of the peptide CJC-1295. The New Zealand-born Canberra Raiders winger may accept the punishment of the league or elect to take the matter to a tribunal, Smith said. Meanwhile, the coach of Australian Rules club Essendon Bombers has been suspended for 12 months and the club was thrown out of the playoffs as a result of the ASADA probe. This was after it was found that the club used its players as guinea pigs in an experimental and possibly illegal supplements regime in 2011-12.

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency has already interviewed more than 40 players and officials from Newcastle, Parramatta, Manly, Cronulla, Penrith, Gold Coast, and North Queensland. Three full-time investigators have been appointed by ASADA to the investigation of NRL since August and its powers included using phone records, emails, and other modes of communications as evidence for summoning officials and players for interviews.

It is believed that senior officials and staff including Sharks coach, Shane Flanagan, former strength and conditioning coach, Trent Elkin (now associated with Parramatta), and others are in the firing line for their failure to take care of players when Steve Dank oversaw their supplements program. While Dank has refused to be interviewed by the AFL, the NRL, or ASADA, the senior officials and staff members in the firing line have denied they were involved in any peptide injection program at the club.

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