SBD Global/August 21, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

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  • AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal Member Claims ASADA Said Anti-Obesity Drug Not Banned

    A member of the Australian Football League's Anti-Doping Tribunal said that "the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority had told him that AOD-9604, the anti-obesity drug central to the supplements saga at Essendon, was not a banned substance," according to Brent Diamond of THE AGE. Sports medicine specialist Andrew Garnham said that on Tuesday "he had asked ASADA in February 2013 about the status of AOD-9604 in his capacity as a member of the AFL's Anti-Doping Tribunal." Asked if AOD-9604 was a prohibited substance according to ASADA when he inquired in February, Garnham said, "At that point in time, no" (THE AGE, 8/20). In Melbourne, Warner, Robinson & Baker wrote meanwhile, Essendon Chair Paul Little on Tuesday night briefed Bombers players' parents and partners on the latest ASADA findings "as the Bombers prepare to take on the AFL over the supplements scandal." Little: "This parents meeting is the fifth in a series of meetings we've had with parents. The club takes the task of briefing parents very seriously" (HERALD SUN, 8/20). In Sydney, Le Grand & Denham wrote Essendon "will appear before the AFL Commission on Monday to formally request it appoint a retired judge to hear serious charges against the club and four of its most senior officials over its 2012 supplement program" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 8/21). In Melbourne, Wilson, Hawthorne & Niall wrote a pre-finals settlement between Essendon and the AFL remained on the table on Tuesday night, "despite the Bombers seeking and receiving an adjournment from the AFL Commission hearing on Monday." The AFL Commission held secret talks in Melbourne on Monday "as it sought to clarify key elements of the Essendon charges and the club's situation." Little has remained in talks with AFL Exec Gillon McLachlan over the past two days, "with Little taking a measured approach to the club's predicament" (THE AGE, 8/21).

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  • National Rugby League CEO Smith Supports Payment System To Recruit Marquee Players

    National Rugby League CEO Dave Smith "has given the strongest indication the NRL is prepared to join the fight to retain star talent declaring his desire to introduce a payment system to recruit marquee players," according to Todd Balym of the COURIER MAIL. Smith said the purpose of the salary cap review was to "modernize" the system and create a formula to enable clubs to actively poach star talent like Israel Folau and Karmichael Hunt back to rugby league and keep the likes of Sonny Bill Williams here forever. Smith said, "It's really simple for me, we want everybody to be part of our game. We want a system that is flexible enough to allow us to cater for that. That is why we've initiated the salary cap review so we will definitely look at it" (COURIER MAIL, 8/21).

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  • NZ's Accident Compensation Commission Spent $51M On Rugby Injuries In '12-13

    New Zealand's Accident Compensation Commission forked out nearly NZ$64M ($51M) for rugby injuries in the past year -- with "almost 70,000 active claims for players at all levels," according to Morgan Tait of the NEW ZEALAND HERALD. Figures show that the ACC "received 59,124 new claims for injuries" in its '12-13 financial year and "handled 68,437 active claims overall." The cost reached NZ$63.94M, the "highest in at least five years." As treatment costs have increased, "several high-profile, on-field incidents have also highlighted the risks associated with the national game." Despite "the treatment numbers, both ACC and rugby officials say they are making 'good inroads' to reduce serious incidents -- including spinal injuries." New Zealand Rugby Union spokesperson Mike Jaspers said that RugbySmart, a joint campaign between ACC and the New Zealand Rugby Union, was introduced in '01 and "had reduced the number of serious spinal injuries from more than 10 a year to fewer than three." The RugbySmart initiative focused on "tackles and scrum, ruck and maul techniques, physical conditioning specific to the demands of rugby, encouraging the use of mouthguards and the appropriate treatment and management of injuries" (NZ HERALD, 8/20).

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  • League Notes: CAS Aiming To Give Verdict On Troicki Doping Case In 'Around' Four Months

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport is "aiming to give a verdict" in Serbian tennis player Victor Troicki’s doping rules case "in around four months." The CAS said that Troicki has "not asked for his 18-month ban to be frozen during the procedure, which could have cleared him to continue playing in events" such as the U.S. Open (AP, 8/20). ... There is "more trouble" for the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association headed by Bharatiya Janata Party MP Anurag Thakur as the "state vigilance and anti-corruption bureau found the sports body's initially registered address" in Kanpur, India as "bogus." An investigator speaking on the condition of anonymity said, "A vigilance team had visited Kanpur and found that the office associated with the HPCA is fictitious and non-existent" (IANS, 8/20). ... Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation Dir Francesca Rossi said that the 2013 Tour de France had no positive anti-doping test results. The CADF took 622 blood and urine samples during the 100th edition of the Toru (versus a total of 566 samples in 2012) (Int'l Cycling Union). ... In yet another "embarrassing goof-up," three Indian weightlifters were disqualified from the second Youth Asian Games in Nanjing for being overage, "adding a new twist to the shocking administrative fiasco which has already seen 24 athletes being barred from participation" (PTI, 8/20).

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