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SBD Global/July 8, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Australian Institute of Sport Provides Organizations With New Doping Framework

The Australian Football League and National Rugby League's supplement scandals "have prompted the Australian Institute of Sport to provide sporting organisations with a new sports supplement framework," according to the AAP. The AIS said that the new guidelines, "which are non-binding, will provide organisations with information they can follow to 'keep integrity in their own sports supplements programs.'" AIS Head of Nutrition Louise Burke said that the framework "provided codes with information on provision of supplements, education on the classification system, documented research on available supplements, and governance." Burke: "The use of supplements and sports foods by athletes is a balance between potential benefits and risks" (AAP, 7/7).

AFL, UNION SHOW SUPPORT: In Melbourne, Caroline Wilson reported the AFL "has thrown its unequivocal support behind its medical director Peter Harcourt, despite being unaware he had been filmed as the keynote speaker at a Zurich conference on drugs in sport last November." Harcourt "has also been given the backing of the AFL Players Association, despite the misgivings of some individual footballers that the long-serving league doctor had been indiscreet in making comments about retiring repeat illegal drug offenders" (THE AGE, 7/7)
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