Media statement: Federal Court judgement

19 September 2014

Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) welcomes the judgment delivered today by Justice Middleton in the matter of Essendon Football Club and James Albert Hird v The Chief Executive Officer of ASADA.

Today’s judgment vindicates Mr McDevitt’s strong belief that the Act always contemplated ASADA working with sports to uphold clean competition. The only way to stay ahead of sophisticated doping regimes is to partner with sports; not exclude them from the process.

Three months ago ASADA CEO Ben McDevitt put formal allegations of possible anti-doping rule violations to 34 current and former Essendon players. These players still have a case to answer under the World Anti-Doping Code and Australia's National Anti-Doping scheme.

Our aim has always been to expose what happened at Essendon in 2012 and we steadfastly remain committed to this.

ASADA has no further comment at this stage.