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SBD Global/November 27, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority's Report Indicates 52 Athletes Under Investigation

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority's annual report indicated a total of 52 athletes are "being investigated for potential illegal drug use," according to Margie McDonald of THE AUSTRALIAN. Insiders "say there is little doubt some would be" National Rugby League and Australian Football League players and cyclists. The number of athletes "under investigation is almost double the previous year's tally." The report said that there were a total of 7,376 drug tests in '12-13 -- both "government-funded and user-pays -- conducted across 42 sports." From those, 306 were "flagged by the intelligence team for further discussion." That then "narrowed down to 191 and then finally to 52 cases elevated 'for full investigation' as possible doping violations" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 11/26).
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