Adam Cooper

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Magpies keen to work with clubs, AFL to fight drugs

Adam Cooper and Will Brodie Collingwood president Eddie McGuire says Pies want to encourage other clubs to address problem.

AFL's illicit drugs policy needs an overhaul, says McGuire

Eddie McGuire.

Adam Cooper Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has called for the AFL's illicit drugs policy to be overhauled, claiming the system can no longer deal effectively with the drug problem.


Contentious drugs loophole to be closed

AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou speaks at AFL House about the passing of Jim Stynes early this morning
Photo Pat Scala The Age
Tuesday the 20th of March 2012

Adam Cooper AFL players will soon no longer be able to self-report their drug use to the league with impunity.

Pie coach wants drugs trust

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley

Adam Cooper Nathan Buckley hopes he's close enough to his players that he could discuss drug use.

ASADA was investigating Essendon in 2011, court told

Aurora Andruska

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper Former Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority chief Aurora Andruska has revealed in court Essendon was being investigated for the use of performance enhancing drugs as early as 2011.


Tuck still the only player banned by AFL

Adam Cooper Travis Tuck is football royalty, son of Hawk great Michael Tuck, nephew of Gary Ablett snr.


Waite gives drug tests thumbs up

Jarrad Waite

Adam Cooper Carlton forward Jarrad Waite says he would be comfortable being drug tested every day.

Policy causes friction

Andrew Demetriou

Adam Cooper Depending on who you ask, AFL's drugs policy is a world leader, or soft on illegal substances.

Policy is a 'cop-out': Kennett

Jeff Kennett.

Adam Cooper Former Hawthorn president Jeff Kennett has called for zero tolerance towards all drugs in the AFL.

VFL midfielder banned two years for doping


Adam Cooper A VFL player has had his suspension for taking a banned performance-enhancing drug found in a supplement increased from nine months to two years.


AFL to go in hard to curb drug use

AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou

Adam Cooper AFL clubs will have their staff audited, sports science staff registered and be instructed to undertake mandatory reporting of any doping issue in an attempt to stamp out widespread illegal drug use...

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Watters backs medicos

Scott Watters and Nick Riewoldt.

Adam Cooper St Kilda coach committed to letting club's doctors have final say on players' health issues.

AFL urges clubs: employ integrity officers

Adam Cooper AFL CHIEF executive Andrew Demetriou has urged clubs to employ their own integrity officers ahead of bolstering coaching panels in a bid to eradicate the problems similar to the supplement scandal...

Lions are treating drug use allegations 'very seriously', Voss says

Michael Voss.

Adam Cooper BRISBANE Lions coach Michael Voss admits he cannot guarantee allegations of drug use levelled at his former teammates are untrue, but says his club is trying to distinguish between "what's fact and...


Puzzled Newbold backs AFL boss

Andrew Newbold

Adam Cooper Jeff Kennett's successor as Hawthorn president says the AFL has made some puzzling rulings.

Call to reveal drug users

Senator Nick Xenophon

Adam Cooper AFL's investigator and one of Australia's leading sports administrators agree this will safeguard against corruption.

Keep drug offenders' names secret: players

Gillon McLachlan.

Adam Cooper and Samantha Lane AFL players' union says proposal ''unnecessary and inappropriate''.


Call to ban alcohol ads in TV sports

Greens Senator Richard Di Natale.

Adam Cooper A Greens senator pushing for gambling advertising to be banned in the AFL, also wants the promotion of alcohol tbe outlawed in sports broadcasts.

Dons feel the strain

Captains speaking: Callan Ward (left), Jack Grimes, Jack Trengove, Phil Davis, Joel Selwood and Travis Boak at Etihad Stadium.

Adam Cooper and Matt Murnane Skipper Jobe Watson admits Bombers stressed and flat during a turbulent past six weeks.


AFL says no power to strike deal with ASADA

AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou.

Adam Cooper Andrew Demetriou confirms league inquired how players might beat two-year suspension.