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SBD Global/February 7, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Australian Football League Ups Anti-Doping Code In Wake Of Supplements Scandal

The Australian Football League "announced a ban on injections for players unless they are required for a medical condition," according to the AAP. This measure "exceeds the requirements" of the World Anti-Doping Agency code. In a statement, the AFL said, "No substance is to be administered to any player by injection other than by an appropriately qualified medical practitioner and only to the extent it is necessary to treat a legitimate medical condition. No person may possess needles or injectables other than the club medical officer." Clubs "will be permitted to use controlled treatments but they must be approved by the club doctor and recorded in a register made available to the league" (AAP, 2/6). In Melbourne, Samantha Lane wrote AFL clubs will be limited to using just 10 mobile phones to communicate in designated risk zones on match day, and will also face sanctions under new guidelines for failing to inform the league -- by midday the day before every game -- "who they have invited to the dressing rooms." Under the proposed new integrity regulations, "it will be mandatory for clubs to submit a guest list of visitors to the change room" and any late additions could only be approved by a club president, CEO or football manager (THE AGE, 2/7).
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