ASADA media statement decision of the AFL anti-doping tribunal

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The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) acknowledges today’s ruling delivered by the AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal in the cases against 34 current and former Essendon players.

The AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal found that it was not comfortably satisfied that 34 former and current Essendon players committed the anti-doping rule violation of use of the prohibited substance, Thymosin Beta 4, during the 2012 season. 

ASADA CEO, Ben McDevitt, said: “What happened at Essendon in 2012 was, in my opinion, absolutely and utterly disgraceful.  It was not a supplements programme but an injection regime and the players and the fans were so poorly let down by the club."

While I am obviously disappointed that the charges in this instance have not been proven to the comfortable satisfaction of the tribunal, I am pleased that the tribunal was able to finally hear these matters.

We await the Tribunal’s decision in relation to Stephen Dank.

Mr McDevitt will hold a briefing at a media conference tomorrow (Wednesday April 1).

When:          Wednesday, 1 April 2015
Time:           11 am
Where:         Department of Health, Scarborough House, Woden, Canberra

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