Media statement: NRL announcement of 29 August 2013

29 July 2013

ASADA is aware of the NRL statement.

When and what we can say about an individual athlete is strictly governed by our legislation.

Under its legislation ASADA is unable to provide further comment at this time. This is to protect the integrity of the investigation as well as any individuals. This is particularly important prior to the conclusion of any hearings and penalties.

Generally speaking, ASADA’s complex and wide-ranging investigation is ongoing and we would encourage any individual with information about doping in sport to contact ASADA through its Hotline on 13 000 27232, or website <www.asada.gov.au>. Both are completely confidential.

Where an athlete, support person or other person acknowledges their mistakes and is willing to bring further anti-doping rule violations to light by other people ‘substantial assistance’ is available under the World Anti-Doping Code. Each case must be considered on its merits.

ASADA is willing to consider this for people who make a stand against doping in sport.

The earlier in the investigation a person cooperates and provides useful information that amounts to substantial assistance, the greater the discount they are likely to receive.

Further information on substantial assistance is available below.

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