The consequences for Australian athletes and footballers in adopting the WADA code
MAR 11, 2017 — BREAKING NEWS:
Mr Steven Amendola, Partner Ashurst Lawyers, discusses the consequences for athletes under the existing WADA code, and explains why it may not be the best model to respond to anti-doping.
Mr Amendola explains:
"The consequences for athletes is that they have less rights than most Australian citizens if they’re investigated".
"....but you have the worst of all worlds if you are an athlete, you are just on an assembly line and you are disposable."
"...Look at what happened when CAS dealt with the appeal by WADA. They dealt with the Essendon players like they were a job lot. They tarred them all on the basis of some…and on the basis of not giving consideration to all the evidence in my opinion...".
"I thought that Court of Arbitration of Sport decision was a very poor decision"
"The view seems to be taken that because you are well paid and you're in the public eye, therefore your rights just diminish until effectively zero."
"Is that the way we want public policy to operate in this country? "
The anti-doping framework has to be a proper regulatory framework and not based on backroom deals. ASADA do not appear to be accountable to the Australian Government.
Further, both the US Senate and UK Parliament have started inquiries, so should Australia, particularly because we have had the worst possible case.
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