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National Rugby League Side Cronulla Sharks To Take Compromise Deal Over ASADA Saga
Published August 22, 2014
PHARMARCIST NAMED: In Melbourne, Proszenko & Barrett wrote ASADA "issued some of its show-cause notices based on the belief peptides were on-sold to Cronulla players via a Kogarah compounding pharmacist." Magdy Sedrak, of the Belgrave Compounding Pharmacy in Kogarah, sports scientist Stephen Dank and former associate Darren Hibbert "have been mentioned in at least some of the notices issued to players on Wednesday." Hibbert "strenuously denied selling players peptides or ever meeting Sedrak" (THE AGE, 8/21). In Sydney, Brad Walter reported World Anti-Doping Authority officials "refused to rule out an appeal against the backdated suspensions offered to members of Cronulla's 2011 squad that would allow the players to miss just three matches for pleading guilty to unknowingly taking banned substances." The players "are concerned that WADA may appeal and after making an admission they could face a lengthier ban." WADA CEO David Howman said that "he was unable to give any guarantees until the process had run its course and the cases had been reviewed" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 8/21). Also in Sydney, Brent Read wrote Howman also "praised" Ben McDevitt "for his handling of the investigation" since he took over from former ASADA CEO Aurora Andruska in July. Howman also revealed that the ASADA inquiry into the NRL and Australian Football League "was set to take centre stage next month as part of a conference to discuss anti-doping investigations." Howman said, "I think the experience we have learnt from what happened in Australia will be useful for us. I am sure it will be useful in the long run for Australia. I think the one thing we all know is once you embark on these sorts of inquiries, the longer they take the more frustrating it is for those involved in it" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 8/22).
INVESTIGATION 'FLAWED': In Sydney, Adrian Proszenko wrote former Cronulla coach Peter Sharp has spoken for the first time since leaving the Sharks, describing ASADA's investigation as "flawed" and a "terrible" blow to the embattled club. Sharp said, "The whole process has been flawed. From day one. It's been terrible on everyone. It's been [unfair] on the whole club" (SMH, 8/21).