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Dons take positive approach

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Emma Quayle and Caroline Wilson

ESSENDON is believed to have expressed optimism that the investigation into the club's controversial supplement program would take a positive turn by the end of the week.

Club officials are believed to have told parents during a meeting on Monday night that they were hopeful of receiving some good news in the next 48 hours.

The club did not tell the parents it expected any outcome to the investigation into its potential use of banned drugs, but said it was hopeful the saga would take some sort of positive twist.

The purpose of the meeting was for Essendon to assure the families of its players that it was focused on their wellbeing. The club was unable to provide them with any facts on where the investigation being undertaken by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority and AFL was at.

The investigation into whether Essendon's players were given performance-enhancing supplements, or were administered in illegal ways, is expected to last for several months.

Meanwhile, the club did not respond to claims made by its former sports scientist Stephen Dank that ''a couple'' of the club's coaches had used supplements that would have been illegal for their players to take under the world anti-doping code.

Dank, the man at the centre of the investigation, made the allegations during an interview on the ABC's 7.30 on Monday, in which he denied giving the players any performance-enhancing drugs and said the Australian Crime Commission had told him he had nothing to worry about.

The former head of ASADA, Richard Ings, said ''one of the most troubling parts'' of the Dank interview was his comment that the coaches had used products that would have been banned for their players.

''I don't think we should sugar-coat this. We're not talking about people who were taking nutritional supplements, a supplement dumbs down the issue as far as I'm concerned,'' he said on SEN.

''Who were those people? What were they taking? Did they have a prescription for taking it and if they didn't, what are the consequences of that?

''This is why ASADA needs to get to the bottom of this whole situation, but if indeed the allegations made by Stephen Dank are true … whether it's a breach of the WADA code is a very technical issue, but from a leadership point of view it's not a good look, is it?''

AFL Coaches Association chief Danny Frawley said he would not respond until after the ASADA investigation had finished, while AFLCA president David Parkin told SEN he had contacted Essendon coach James Hird to express his support.

Parkin said he would be ''flabbergasted'' if Hird lost his job as a result of the saga, but that as coach he was in a no-win situation and could expect condemnation.

''It won't matter whether he knew, didn't know, was encouraging or not knowing, he'll be condemned for the position he's held,'' Parkin said.

AFL chief Andrew Demetriou refused to comment to Fairfax Media on Stephen Dank's Monday night interview. The AFL was continuing to negotiate with the federal government and the Australian Crime Commission in a bid to gain clearance to communicate details of a confidential briefing regarding performance-enhancing drugs by the ACC last week.

That briefing included details of the public allegations against Essendon and of another doping allegation involving another player at another club. It also involved a host of allegations regarding illicit drug use at a number of other clubs.

Late on Tuesday Demetriou was refusing to address individual clubs because he remained bound by confidentiality regarding which other club had the performance-enhancing drug issue.

On Friday the AFL will embark on a series of private sessions with clubs in which league chiefs will address individual club presidents, CEOs, coaches and football operations bosses.

A frustrated Demetriou said on Tuesday night he hoped to be in a position to provide more details to clubs by then.

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  • Regardless of the outcome the AFL need to get serious and introduce some tough measures. The latest from cycling is "Any athlete receiving an injection of glucocorticosteroids will now be forbidden from competition for eight days following treatment, according to the revised No Needle Policy regulations put forth by the UCI. The former 48-hour period has been extended after UCI president Pat McQuaid requested an amendment to the rule." This is what AFL needs. They cannot allow injured players taking pain killers etc to be able to take the field.

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    Gary
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    February 13, 2013, 7:19AM
    • I agree. Ban all forms of needles, supplemants, pain killers etc. That way there is no confusion and the game can truly be clean and fair! i always thought jabbing an injured leg with a pain killer was some form of performance enhancement anyway? It does make players run further and faster, when naturally, they wouldnt be able to walk..

      Commenter
      tanc
      Date and time
      February 13, 2013, 9:42AM
  • Is Richard Ings serious? What the Essendon coaches took is nothing to do with ASADA. There are peptides that are totally legal outside competition that don't require a prescription. So what is he trying to infer. I think we need an investigation into this witch hunter. What's he all about? I'm actually troubled by the fact that he used to head such an important organisation. We can only hope his thumbprints still aren't all over it. He sounds like a man desperate for relevance.

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    Philip Maguire
    Location
    Neerim East
    Date and time
    February 13, 2013, 7:28AM
    • You sound like a man desperate for his beloved Dons to come through this clean. Unfortunately I don't think that is going to happen.

      Commenter
      Ron
      Date and time
      February 13, 2013, 8:23AM
    • So perhaps we should hear from the current head of ASADA

      Commenter
      JT
      Location
      Brighton
      Date and time
      February 13, 2013, 8:23AM
    • You're off topic, Ron. Ings appears more interested in what the coaches took than what the players took. That's the issue here.

      I'm not going to pre-judge anyone at Essendon or any other AFL club, Stephen Danks included.

      Commenter
      Phil Maguire
      Date and time
      February 13, 2013, 9:52AM
    • @Ron and you sound like someone who is quite happy to hang people based on no actual facts and a lot of speculation and frenzy. No details have been released about the specifics of what happened at Essendon or who was involved and who knew what and when. the issue with a drugs in sport allegation is that the presumption of innocence is generally reversed and now Essendon has to try and clear its name with no concrete allegation or charge leveled against them. Put the pitchfork down @Ron.

      Commenter
      Kempy
      Location
      Adelaide
      Date and time
      February 13, 2013, 10:29AM
    • Yes Mate, but it does violate the AFL's own anti-drugs and anti-doping policy that extends to club coaches and club officials. If what Dank said is true, then Essendon is GONE through the actions of its coaches! Don't believe me, then read the code!

      Commenter
      Viv R
      Location
      Adelaide
      Date and time
      February 13, 2013, 12:02PM
  • Something very fishy about all of this

    Commenter
    Wal
    Date and time
    February 13, 2013, 7:54AM
    • Perhaps the AFL could adopt the "I Want a New Drug" song by American rock band Huey Lewis as their theme song 2013 ?

      Commenter
      I smell it too
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      February 13, 2013, 8:50AM

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