SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 10: Lachie Whitfield of the Giants celebrates kicking a goal during the AFL 1st Qualifying Final match between the Sydney Swans and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at ANZ Stadium on September 10, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

ASADA tick off AFL’s Whitfield ban

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority will not take any further action, following the AFL’s decision to suspend GWS youngster Lachie Whitfield for six months.

ASADA boss Ben McDevitt released the following statement a short time ago.

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“I have considered the brief of evidence compiled by the AFL following its investigation of allegations against Graeme Allen, Craig Lambert and Lachlan Whitfield,” McDevitt said.

“I have also received formal notification of disciplinary action and suspensions imposed by the AFL under its Rules.

“I note the investigation revealed no use or intended use of performance enhancing drugs.

“Given the circumstances, I do not believe pursuit of additional action under the AFL Anti-Doping Rules is warranted.”


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  1. So it’s ok to strategically avoid a drug test knowing you will test positive and risk being banned for 6 months but it’s not ok for Essendon to take a drug test and not test positive but be banned for 12 months???? Illicit or performance enhancing should be the same result.

    I’d argue in the right circumstances illicit is still performance enhancing.

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