WADA to appeal Aussie scientist’s not guilty verdicts

The World Anti-Doping Agency will appeal the Australian Football League anti-doping tribunaland’s decision to clear sports scientist Stephen Danks of 21 charges related to the Essendon cluband’s supplements case.
The AFL tribunal in April cleared Dank of 21 of 31 breaches of the drug code in Australian Rules footballand’s peak competition, including administering the banned peptide Thymosin beta-4 to Essendon players. He was found guilty of 10 charges mainly related to trafficking banned substances. WADA earlier announced its appeal against the AFLand’s decision not to sanction 34 Essendon players accused of using the banned peptide in 2012.
and”After a thorough examination of the evidence contained within the case file, WADA has decided to lodge its independent right of appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS),and” WADA director general David Howman said on Tuesday. Ben McDevitt, Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority chief executive, welcomed the move saying the body and”will fully supportand” WADAand’s decision. Dank has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and has already said he will appeal the AFLand’s 10 rulings against him on the grounds that the findings were inconsistent with the facts. The appeal against Dank is the latest development in a saga which has run for more than two years. Last June, ASADA issued and”show-causeand” violations to the Essendon players over the alleged use of illegal peptides during the 2012 AFL season but this year said there was lack of evidence to take the case further. The banned substances were reportedly given to the teamand’s players at the suggestion of Dank, who was hired by Essendon. In August, 12 current or former players from Cronullaand’s National Rugby League team, which also employed Dank, were handed backdated one-year bans.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman