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Volume 6 No. 212

Leagues and Governing Bodies

The World Anti-Doping Agency warned Jamaica that "it risked expulsion from the next Olympics and other major competitions if it failed to address failings highlighted by a senior ex-employee," according to Ben Rumsby of the London TELEGRAPH. WADA Dir General David Howman "urged the island’s government to investigate claims" by former Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission Exec Dir Renee Anne Shirley that its drugs-testing program "was completely inadequate." Shirley "accused Jamaica’s politicians and administrators of ignoring her warnings" that the positive tests returned by sprinter Asafa Powell and four other athletes were a "disaster" waiting to happen. Shirley said, "They believe Jamaica does not have a problem." Shirley "went public with her concerns this week in an article for U.S. magazine Sports Illustrated" (TELEGRAPH, 8/21). The AP reported that Howman said that the agency "was aware that there had been scarce pre-London Games testing done." He said that Jamaica "needed to respond to Shirley's statements," which include the revelation that Jamaica had no officer keeping track of athletes so that they could be tested out of competition. Howman said, "I would expect that they would do that both transparently and publicly pretty quickly" (AP, 8/22).

Australian Football League side Essendon "stands as footy's outcast after the 17 other clubs stood shoulder to shoulder with the AFL," according to Warner & Edmund of the HERALD SUN. After almost three hours of crisis talks at AFL House, one club president said, "The 17 clubs have had enough. We want it resolved and we want it resolved within the AFL structure. The mood among the presidents was that Essendon has been fast and loose, and we have to protect the game." Western Bulldogs President Peter Gordon said the 17 clubs had met without the AFL and Essendon and "resolved to unanimously support the integrity of the AFL Rules" (HERALD SUN, 8/22). In Melbourne, Walsh & Denham reported a day after Essendon Chair Paul Little declared the club "had no confidence" in AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou and his administration -- and claimed a big percentage of football fans agreed -- that position "was given short shrift by every other club." A tenet of the complaints held by Essendon coach James Hird and the club is that neither Demetriou nor the AFL Commission "can hear the charges against the club and the officials with impartiality" given all have seen the interim Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority report. Both parties "have requested all matters be heard independent of the commission." Yet Gordon "made it clear every other club wanted the matter to be handled internally and within the auspices of the AFL's regulations." He said the integrity of the game and the welfare of the players were the "paramount considerations." Another president, who requested anonymity, said that "some clubs were angered by Essendon's behaviour and Hird's Supreme Court action." He said, "They should all take their punishment and move on. Clubs I have spoken to want sanctions against them and for those sanctions to be sizeable" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 8/23).

A QUESTION OF MORALS: Also in Melbourne, Chip Le Grand reported "she called herself Sarah," and over 11 minutes of extraordinary, heartfelt radio, she "gave voice to the fears that have gripped Essendon's players and their families throughout the supplements scandal." Her son still does not know "what he has been injected with and what the future health effects might be." She said, "It is all right for James (Hird) and the board at Essendon to say they have not cheated. The whole question is not about cheating. The whole question is about morals, it is about ethics, and it is about the trust the parents put on the club for the club to take care of their kids" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 8/23). In Sydney, Samantha Lane reported Hird's "writ against the AFL includes the stunning allegation" that Demetriou told Essendon's former chairman the club's players "had taken performance-enhancing drugs." The statement of claim -- lodged with the Victorian Supreme Court on Thursday morning, and designed to force the AFL to provide more detailed information about Hird's conduct unbecoming charges -- also said that AFL Deputy CEO Gillon McLachlan urged Essendon to turn itself in to anti-doping authorities because it would ''look better'' for the club. Hird's writ stated the AFL has acted ''in bad faith'' throughout the seven-month saga, in part by leaking information ''unfavourable'' to the Essendon coach during an apparently confidential anti-doping probe" (THE AGE, 8/23).

Twenty-three directors of the All Japan Judo Federation, including President Haruki Uemura, and three auditors "resigned en masse at an extraordinary board of directors meeting Wednesday to take responsibility for a series of scandals," according to Yomiuri Shimbun of ASIA NEWS NETWORK. Six newly appointed directors "will remain in their posts." During a meeting at the Kodokan Judo Institute in Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo, "the board of directors compiled a list of about 20 candidates for new directors." They include Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. Chair & CEO Shoji Muneoka, 67, who succeeded Uemura; and former Osaka prefectural police chief and Toyota Motor Corp. advisor Yasuhiro Chikaishi, 64, "who will become a senior director" (ASIA NEWS NETWORK, 8/22).

The Australian National Basketball League "will welcome back a team from Brisbane next year," while interim CEO Steve Dunn "hopes the de-merger with Basketball Australia will finally go ahead in the coming weeks." Those behind the relaunched ANBL "have identified an urgent need to regain a foothold in the Brisbane market." Although "there won't be time to achieve that ahead of the coming season," which tips off on Oct. 10, it is "almost certain to be given the green light for the following year" (AAP, 8/20). ... National Rugby League side Canterbury CEO Raelene Castle visited NRL headquarters on Thursday "to discuss conditional releases and other options open to the Bulldogs as they try to resolve the Ben Barba issue." Castle met ARL Commission officials "and also discussed the salary cap, contracting and other registration issues." She "confirmed the 'Barba clause' was one of many the club was reviewing" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 8/23). ... The "administrative wrangling" in the suspended Indian Boxing Federation "could end up costing the country's boxers a chance to compete in this year's World Championships." The national trials for the event were scheduled to be held last week in Patiala, India, but were "postponed till the end of this month with neither the boxers nor the coaches having any clue about the reasons" (PTI, 8/22).

AFL NEWS: Australian Football League CEO Andrew Demetriou said that 2013 AFL club membership had reached 756,717 members nationally -- the highest recorded figure in the game's history and a 6.94% increase from last year (AFL) ... AFL GM of Football Operations Mark Evans said the AFL would trial the Vision-Stacking System to assist with scoring decisions it had tested earlier in this year, with its use in 12 matches across the final two rounds of the Premiership season. The Vision-Stacking System, which enables a decision to be reviewed across multiple camera angles on one screen in real time, was tested earlier this year at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, and would now be trialled in live match situations across five venues and three states over the final two rounds (AFL).