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SBD Global/October 8, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority ARL Commission Chair Fears Inquiry Could Drag On

Just "hours after the end of the season which will be remembered as being the one dogged by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority investigation," Australian Rugby League Commission Chair John Grant has raised the "prospect of the damaging inquiry eating into 2014," according to Glenn Jackson of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. While it is expected that "ASADA's findings from their long investigation" are expected to be released to the National Rugby League sooner rather than later, Grant conceded that the administration "held some concerns the fallout could leak into next season." Grant: "There is a concern. It could. It'd be unfortunate, and we wouldn't want it to be that way, but it could." With Grant reiterating that he and NRL CEO Dave Smith had "received no information about ASADA's timeline, the NRL must also face the prospect of issuing infraction notices during the coming World Cup." Grant said, "You can't think about any of those. We're working with ASADA, as we have done all along -- they're working to their timeline, they're going to do the full job before they come to us, and that's what we encourage them to do. Certainly, we've said to them, 'We need to accelerate this'" (SMH, 10/8).
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