March 31, 2015
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WADA Director General Statement on Australian Football League Anti-Doping Tribunal Decision

WADA Director General, David Howman: “WADA acknowledges today’s decision by the AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal in the cases of 34 current and former Essendon Football Club players”

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) acknowledges today’s decision by the AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal in the cases of 34 current and former Essendon Football Club players. The tribunal found that it was not comfortably satisfied that any of the players had committed an anti-doping rule violation for use of the prohibited substance Thymosin Beta 4 during the 2012 season.

At present, and as is standard procedure with all anti-doping cases, the matter now rests with the anti-doping organization concerned and other associated bodies to decide whether or not to exercise their rights of appeal.

Once fully reviewed by all parties concerned, and following receipt of the full case file on the tribunal’s ruling, WADA will review the reasons for the decision and determine whether or not to exercise its own right of appeal.