Bombers hopeful after ASADA briefing on investigation
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ESSENDON has been heartened that it may yet emerge from the controversy surrounding its 2012 training regime relatively unscathed following a briefing from anti-doping investigators.
Representatives of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority met Essendon players on Wednesday to outline the process to be followed in the investigation, expected to take several months. The Bombers are expected to begin interviews with ASADA officials in the next week.
ASADA officials confirmed to the Bombers that the World Anti-Doping Agency code provided for a ''get-out clause'' in exceptional circumstances, but also that strict penalties would still apply in most cases. WADA's code specifies that if an athlete can prove ''in an individual case that he or she bears no fault or negligence, the otherwise applicable period of ineligibility shall be eliminated''.
Essendon chairman David Evans said in a statement that Wednesday's briefing was an important step in the investigation.
''ASADA outlined the process for the investigation to continue, including interviews with players to determine if a prohibited substance had been administered,'' he said.
''I know our members and the football community want answers, and I ask that the club be allowed time to co-operate with the ongoing investigation.''
Meanwhile, a second meeting between Essendon officials and the parents of the players scheduled for Wednesday night has been postponed until next week.