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Australian Sports Anti-Doping Body Claims Former Essendon Coach Alleges Conspiracy
Published July 3, 2014
BLOOD WORK: In Sydney, Chip Le Grand wrote blood samples of Essendon footballers collected during the '12 season and flown to Europe for secret testing at one of the world’s most advanced sports-drug laboratories "did not contain traces of any banned substance." The previously undisclosed test results indicate that ASADA suspected Essendon players of taking performance-enhancing drugs long before it established Operation Cobia, "a joint investigation with the AFL that is at the centre of a Federal Court dispute" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 7/3). In Melbourne, Jon Pierik wrote Chief AFL Medical Officer Peter Harcourt has revealed suspicions of Essendon's illegal use of peptides and supplements were so strong that players were tested by ASADA in '12, and fears some players could eventually suffer from ''hormonal issues or cancers" (THE AGE, 7/2).