Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) investigations could give up to 17 players notices relating to performance enhancing drugs.
Matty Johns from Triple M has made a statement on the radio saying 17 players from either NRL, British Super League or ex-players that were involved with the Cronulla Sharks at the time could be given notices and will be tested for performance enhancing drugs. This follows the testing of AFL’s Essendon team and the Sharkies ordeal and investigations last year.
It is believed that a decision will be made some time next week to who will be given these notices, Matty Johns told Triple M listeners.
The ASADA investigation will be looking for players that were unaware of taking the performance enhancing drug. The Cronulla Sharks had been accused of giving their players performance enhancing drugs without them knowing. It was known among sporting fans as the darkest day in Australian sport.
The penalty for testing positive to these drugs will result in a six-month suspension from the game. This moratorium could be started at the end of this year’s season and continued over the off season. This will mean that the players on suspension will only miss one month of the actual NRL season next year.
As for the people that are to blame for the drugging, they will possibly be given life bans to NRL.
– Ashley Kearney
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