Media statement: NRL decision to suspend 12 players

23 August 2014

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) today acknowledged the decision of the National Rugby League (NRL) to suspend 12 current and former Cronulla Sharks players for doping violations.

The suspensions relate to ‘show cause’ notices issued by ASADA on 20 August 2014 for the use of prohibited substances, CJC-1295 and GHRP-6, between March and April 2011.

The suspension imposed on the players was backdated by the NRL to 23 November 2013 to take into account delays in the progress of the matter which were not attributable to the players.

The decision by the NRL to impose the suspension was done in accordance with the provisions contained in the NRL’s anti-doping policy.

ASADA Chief Executive Officer, Mr Ben McDevitt said today’s announcement is a good result for sport in that we have moved much closer towards a final resolution of these long outstanding matters.

‘Having a proven doping violation against these individuals is something that they will now carry with them for the rest of their lives.

‘Our aim has always been to find out what happened at Cronulla in 2011. After a thorough investigation and a review of the evidence by former Federal Court Judge, the Hon Garry Downes we have reached a Code compliant outcome.

‘Throughout this process I have been in constant personal contact with the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Director-General, David Howman and the architect of the World Anti-Doping Code.

‘I am confident that our handling of the process is fully compliant with the Code,’ Mr McDevitt said.

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