Media statement: ASADA investigation into doping in sport

11 February 2013

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) is aware of the Australian Crime Commission’s (ACC) statement today granting permission to the Australian Football League (AFL) and National Rugby League (NRL) to confidentially notify the specific clubs that were identified in Project Aperio.

ASADA can confirm that it has met with the two major sporting codes following the commencement of its formal investigation in late January 2013.

During the course of ASADA’s investigation, it will approach individual clubs as required to complete its investigative work.

However, ASADA urges any individual or club with information about doping in sport to contact it through its Hotline on 13 000 27232, or website www.asada.gov.au.

Both are completely confidential.

ASADA is not able to talk publicly about its investigation of these codes and that includes speculating about, or naming clubs or individuals until such time as its legislation permits.

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

 

MEDIA NOTE:

ASADA’s formal investigation commenced after the conclusion of the ACC investigation. ASADA’s initial involvement started some 18 months ago when intelligence about the use of peptides and hormones in sport and possible criminal links were referred to the ACC.

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