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National Rugby League unveils new doping policy

National Rugby League unveils new doping policy

Australia's National Rugby League, embroiled this season in a doping scandal, has announced an enhanced testing policy which includes a biological passport system and increased testing for human growth hormone; moves praised by Australia's sports anti-doping agency.
NRL chief executive Dave Smith said Friday the new policy will include regular testing both during the season and off-season and increased peptide testing which will see samples sent to a French laboratory to "take advantage of leading international developments."
It comes after World Anti-Doping Agency president John Fahey criticized the NRL earlier this month for not cooperating with ASADA over doping investigations at the Cronulla Sharks club and reports that illegal peptide supplements were also used by several other teams.
"We will do everything we can to have a drug-free game and the new testing measures are just part of our commitment to fans and players to placing integrity and compliance at the forefront of rugby league," Smith said.
"We have been working with ASADA to identify the emerging threats in world sport. We have now developed a comprehensive new testing program that responds to and minimizes these risks."
Smith said the NRL will use a test that was developed during the 2012 London Olympics to detect the use of human growth hormone (HGH).
He said the use of blood passports was an advanced technique.
"The ABP (athlete's biological passport) tests are different from traditional tests as they look at the effects of doping, rather than directly detecting the prohibited substances or methods used," Smith said. "This means that even if a substance has left the body, the tests will detect if it was there."
ASADA chief executive Aurora Andruska said "the latest program now takes their commitment to a new level in protecting the sport."


Updated : 2021-04-24 02:42 GMT+08:00