Media statement: Anti-doping testing in the Essendon District Football League

6 July 2015

Several media stories have appeared over the last couple of days in relation to testing ASADA conducted in the Essendon District Football League.

We can confirm the Australian Football League (Victoria) Limited contracted ASADA to conduct tests at this level.

ASADA implements an intelligence-based testing program, working with sports to target athletes and competitions at highest risk in an effort to deter and detect doping.

While it is not our normal practice to discuss specifics of our operations, we thought it was important in this instance to clarify reports in the media. It is important for athletes to understand that ASADA can conduct testing on any athlete who participates in a sport with an anti-doping policy.

Every athlete, regardless of the level of competition, has the right to compete in a sport free from doping.