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Recent media releases

ASADA welcomes AOC anti-doping efforts

28 August 2014


The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) welcomes the initiative by the President of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC), John Coates, in comprehensively embracing the revised World Anti-Doping Code (the Code).

ASADA Chief Executive Officer, Ben McDevitt said Australia is very fortunate to have such a strong anti-doping advocate in Mr Coates. ‘John has campaigned long and hard against doping in sport and he does not take a backseat when it comes to dealing with this ongoing threat to the integrity of sport.

‘The AOC has recently conveyed to National Sporting Federations its expectation that Rio-bound athletes will start to comply with provisions under the revised Code.

‘Although the revised Code does not take effect until next year, the AOC wants some 1,200 athletes making up the shadow team to understand the changes to the Code and comply with them now.

‘At a time when doping in sport is at the forefront of public debate, I would encourage all non-Olympic sports as well as the professional codes to follow the AOC’s lead.

‘I urge sports to fully adopt the revised anti-doping Code. It is an opportunity for them to confirm their intense opposition to doping and enforce an environment that does not welcome those that seek to promote and assist doping,’ Mr McDevitt said.

The revised Code will take effect from 1 January 2015. ASADA has commenced working with sports to ensure Australia continues to meet its international anti-doping obligations.

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15-month sporting ban for North east afl player alex overs

6 September 2013


The Australian Football League Anti-Doping Tribunal’s decision to impose a 15-month ban on Alex Overs for the presence and use of a prohibited substance was today acknowledged by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA).

Mr Overs tested positive for Oxycodone and its metabolite Oxymorphone in a sample collected incompetition on 16 September 2012 at the NEAFL grand final game between Queanbeyan Tigers and the Sydney Swans.

Mr Over’s 15-month ban, which was backdated to the date of his voluntary provisional suspension, means he is ineligible to participate, as an athlete or support person, in any sports that have adopted a World Anti-Doping Agency compliant anti-doping policy until 20 March 2014.

Oxycodone is categorised as a narcotic under S7 of the 2012 World Anti-Doping Code Prohibited List and is prohibited in-competition.

Oxycodone is a narcotic analgesic generally used for pain relief. It can pose a range of threats to an athlete’s health including drug dependence and therefore has the potential of being abused. Adverse reactions to oxycodone can include fatigue, nausea, vomiting and hypotension, and in high doses may include respiratory depression, circulatory failure and coma.

Any athletes unaware of their responsibilities are encouraged to seek additional information online at ASADA’s website

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20-month sports ban for athlete Jarrod Bannister

2 July 2013


The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) today acknowledged that athlete, Jarrod Bannister, has received a 20-month sporting ban from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) following three missed tests in an 18-month period. ASADA conducted the case before CAS on behalf of Athletics Australia.

The anti-doping rule violation means Mr Bannister is ineligible to participate as an athlete or support person in sports with a World Anti-Doping Code compliant anti-doping policy until midnight on 18 February 2015.

The Athletes Whereabouts program is a vital element of ASADA’s doping control program and is crucial when conducting no-advance-notice, out-of-competition testing.

Under the World Anti-Doping Code and International Standard for Testing, all athletes in the Registered Testing Pools (RTP) of both International Federations and national anti-doping organisations around the world are required to provide accurate whereabouts information, and to keep this information updated at all times.

Australian athletes have been providing whereabouts information to ASADA since January 2007 under ASADA’s Athletes Whereabouts policy. There has been only one other whereabouts anti-doping rule violation by an Australian athlete in that time.

ASADA has in place steps to minimise instances where an athlete may face a possible whereabouts anti-doping rule violation. Any athlete in this situation is offered ongoing support and assistance by ASADA to help the athlete comply with their future whereabouts obligations.

ASADA assists Australian athletes meet their whereabouts obligations by:

  • providing 24/7 online access to the Athlete Whereabouts Online System
  • providing a hotline for athletes to update their whereabouts over the phone
  • issuing quarterly reminder letters or emails and SMS notifications
  • assigning dedicated whereabouts staff to assist new and existing RTP athletes file and update their whereabouts.

Athletes can also nominate someone else to update their information. It is as simple as submitting a completed Authorised Representative Form to ASADA.

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Media notes:

Athletics Australia’s anti-doping policy allows comments to be made in response to public statements by an athlete.

Only athletes in the Registered Testing Pool are required to provide whereabouts information. An athlete's inclusion in the Registered Testing Pool is based on a number of factors related to the athlete, level of competition, sport and ASADA's antidoping program requirements. Each athlete in ASADA's Registered Testing Pool is notified in writing of their inclusion in the Registered Testing Pool and their specific whereabouts filing requirements and consequences for non-compliance.

Further information on Athlete Whereabouts is available on the ASADA website.

2013 media releases

Media releases of 2013
Release title
28 August 2014
ASADA welcomes AOC anti-doping efforts
6 September 2013
15-month sporting ban for North East AFL player Alex Overs
Alex Overs
9 August 2013
20-month sports ban for athlete Jarrod Bannister
Jarrod Bannister
2 July 2013
Substantial assistance* reduces ban for former cyclist Matthew White
Matthew White
7 June 2013
Two-year sporting ban for Country Rugby League player
Jake Law
6 June 2013
Athlete Tommy Toskas accepts four-year sports ban
Tommy Toskas
24 May 2013
Statement from the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority National Rugby League –
2013 Anti-Doping program
20 May 2013
Six QRL players get two-year sporting bans for the same prohibited stimulant
Andrew Zaro, Matthew Lennon, Matthew Tailford, Johnathon Matters, Jarrod Knox, Benjamin Morgan
16 May 2013
Three INBA bodybuilders receive sporting bans
Anita Nicolaou, Marina Boutzos, Debbie Keen
15 May 2013
Two-year sporting ban for surf lifesaving Competitor
Fraser Haughton
1 May 2013
Eight bodybuilders receive two to four-year sporting bans

Neil Stallbaun, Gil Laconsay, Daniel McCarthy, Craig Sparreboom, Jason Walters, Daniel Saenz, Ulaiasi Nawaga

14 January 2013
Anti-doping education for 500 future Olympians at Australian Youth
Olympic Festival

2012 media releases

Media releases of 2012
Release title
14 December 2012
NSW rugby league player Troy Errington banned for two years
Troy Errington
27 November 2012
Reports regarding Under 20 Australian Surf Team
Under 20 Australian Surf Team
21 November 2012
One-year sporting ban for boxer Bianca Elmir
Bianca Elmir
16 November 2012
ASADA appeal to cyclists—talk to us before being accused of doping
8 November 2012
Six-month sporting ban for boxer Kylie Fulmer
Kylie Fulmer
15 October 2012
Media statement regarding Matt White
Matt White
30 May 2012
Doping violation:
Four-year sporting ban for Queensland Rugby player Francis Bourke
Francis Bourke
28 May 2012
Doping violation:
WAFL player Joel Fiegert receives two-year sports ban
Joel Fiegert
16 May 2012
Media statement
ASADA comments on Elmir media reports
Bianca Elmir
21 March 2012
Two-year sporting ban for Rugby Union player Mitchell Spackman
Mitchell Spackman
7 March 2012
Doping violation: Queensland regional rugby league player Josh Earl receives two-year
sports ban
Josh Earl
2 February 2012
Doping violation: Bodybuilder Kristofer Callaghan receives two-year sports ban
Kristofer Callaghan
10 January 2012
Doping violation:
Two-year sporting ban for East Perth Football Club player Kane Goodwin
Kane Goodwin
9 January 2012
Doping violation:
Outrigger canoeist Lisa Roberts receives three-month sports ban for cannabis
Lisa Roberts
4 January 2012
Doping violation:
Two-year sports ban for rugby union player Brendan Bunyan
Brendan Bunyan
3 January 2012
Two-year sporting ban for bodybuilder Oskars Sarkans
Oskars Sarkans

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