23 August 2014

WADA Statement on NRL cases in Australia

Pursuant to the World Anti-Doping Code, WADA's mandate following the issuing of any anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) is to review the decision in full.

This responsibility is carried out pursuant to the Code, and each individual case is reviewed on its established facts and the reasoning for the decision. 

In the NRL cases emanating from the ASADA investigation, WADA must await the tribunal decisions and full details of the sanctions before reviewing the cases. 

The World Anti-Doping Code allows for flexibility in relation to matters of no significant fault and the commencement date of sanctions. WADA is comfortable with the principles behind these issues being used in cases, and will review the way they have been applied to the facts in due course. 

WADA recognizes the importance of maintaining the rights of the athletes concerned and protecting the integrity of the process, and as such will make no further comment at this time.