New ASADA CEO Wants Quick Completion To Ongoing Supplements Investigation
New Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority CEO Ben McDevitt has confirmed that the Australian Football League side Essendon investigation "is just weeks from completion," according to Michael Warner of the HERALD SUN. McDevitt "has given the strongest indication yet that show-cause notices will be issued." McDevitt: “In relation to Essendon we are talking weeks, not months. ...But in terms of when particular matters will be finalized, it’s a difficult question because what we need to do, in fairness to each of the people who have been the subject of inquiries -- some of whom are players and some of whom are support staff -- is that each needs to be considered individually and in their own right." Any charges would ultimately be heard by an AFL tribunal, "with a maximum two-year ban applicable for using a banned drug." McDevitt, who took charge of ASADA last month, said that "athletes being investigated from the same team could receive show-cause notices at different stages, rather than en masse" (HERALD SUN, 6/1).