Media statement: ASADA investigation into doping in sport

20 February 2013

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) today met with players and support personnel from the Essendon Football Club to discuss its investigation processes and the rights players are entitled to under the World Anti-Doping Code (the Code).

For weeks ASADA has been working closely with the two major sporting codes in relation to the issues raised by the Australian Crime Commission’s (ACC) report.

An offer to explain the investigation process and the operation of the Code was made by ASADA to the two major sporting codes. This offer has already seen ASADA address players and support personnel from a number of clubs in both codes.

ASADA’s investigation following the ACC report will be in accordance with the requirements of the Code, noting the strict liability principle, no fault or negligence and substantial assistance provisions within the Code.

ASADA welcomes the ongoing commitment provided by the two major sporting codes to fully cooperate with its investigation.

ASADA is unable to talk publicly about the specifics of its investigation until such time as its legislation permits.

This ensures the integrity of the investigation and the privacy of any individual under investigation is protected.

The investigation is both complex and wide-ranging and will take many months to complete.

Previous statements issued by ASADA are available below.

 

MEDIA NOTE:

Information about the strict liability principle can be found under Article 2.2.1 of the World Anti-Doping Code. Information about the no fault or negligence and substantial assistance provisions can be found under Article 10.5 of the World Anti-Doping Code.

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