A tale of two codes: the Australian Football League and National Rugby League drug controversies

Davies, Chris, and Dunbar, Neil (2016) A tale of two codes: the Australian Football League and National Rugby League drug controversies. The International Sports Law Journal , 15 (3-4). pp. 197-209.

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An investigation in the early 2010s by the Australian Crime Commission indicated the potential use of performance-enhancing drugs in both the Australian Football League (AFL) and the National Rugby League (NRL). A subsequent 2 years investigation by the Australian Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) resulted in NRL players at Cronulla receiving backdated penalties in late 2014 for the inadvertent use of banned peptides. The investigation into AFL club, Essendon, took a little longer, one reason being the Federal Court action taken by Essendon and its coach, James Hird, which upheld the validity of the joint ASADA-AFL investigation. In March 2015 it was announced by the AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal that it was not comfortably satisfied Essendon players had been administered banned substances. The investigation has highlighted that ASADA was not fully resourced to carry out such involved investigations, though the Federal Court has held it can validly carry out joint investigations with sport governing bodies.

Item ID: 43027
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2213-5154
Keywords: doping, Australian Anti-Doping Authority, ASADA, World Anti-Doping Agency, WADA, National Rugby League, NRL, Australian Football League, AFL
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2016 23:06
FoR Codes: 48 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 4804 Law in context > 480414 Sports law @ 100%
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