Media statement: WAFL player Joel Fiegert receives two-year sports ban
28 May 2012
The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) today acknowledged the decision of the West Australian Football League (WAFL) Anti-Doping Tribunal to impose a two-year ban on Perth Football Club player Joel Fiegert, for the presence of prohibited substances.
The substances D-amphetamine and D-methamphetamine were detected in a sample ASADA collected in-competition from Mr Fiegert, following a 30 July 2011 match between Perth and South Fremantle at Brownes Stadium, Western Australia.
Under the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited List, D-amphetamine and D-methamphetamine are classified as stimulants and are prohibited in-competition.
Generally, stimulants act directly on the central nervous system to speed up parts of the brain and body. They can increase alertness and reduce fatigue in athletes.
The ban imposed on Mr Fiegert by the WAFL tribunal was backdated to the date of his provisional suspension. Therefore, he is ineligible to participate as an athlete or support person until 23 August 2013 in any sports that have adopted a World Anti-Doping Agency compliant anti-doping policy.
Any athletes unaware of their anti-doping responsibilities are encouraged to seek additional information online at ASADA's website.