Allan Hird: How can ASADA accept Dean
Robinson’s Sydney Roosters appointment?
Allan Hird, Herald Sun, July 7, 2017 8:02pm
MICHAEL Warner and Mark Robinson recently have reported on the
appointment of Dean Robinson to a position of fitness consultant with NRL club, the Sydney Roosters.
Both highlight his time at Essendon as Stephen Dank’s boss. They also refer to the testimony he gave to ASADA that in 2010 he supplied the Gold Coast Suns Nathan Bock with a WADA anned substance.
Effectively at the time Robinson was an AFL employee, as the AFL owned the Gold Coast Suns.
ASADA alleged Dank gave 34 Essendon players the WADA banned substance TB4 and charged them and Dank. Even though it was Robinson’s job to supervise Dank he was not charged.
The players were first cleared by the AFL Tribunal but subsequently, after a decision by CAS, forced to miss the 2016 football season.
Dank has been banned for life.
Stephen Dank has been banned for life.
According to Warner, Dean Robinson, in his testimony to ASADA, admitted providing a WADA banned substance to Bock in 2010. ASADA has neither charged Robinson nor Bock.
The Warner and Robinson articles allege that ASADA has an understanding with Dean Robinson, presumably because of assistance he has provided.
Thus, despite Dean Robinson being centrally involved in Essendon’s supplement program and admitting to supplying a banned substanceto Bock a Gold Coast Suns player, ASADA has decided to look the other way.
ASADA, as Warner reports, has done a Pontius Pilate and washed its hands of the whole affair. ASADA believes it is fine for Robinson to work with the Sydney Rooster players.
But how can it be acceptable for a man who admitted giving an athlete a banned substance again be employed in a position with athletes.
If ASADA believes Stephen Dank should be banned for life and the Essendon players deserved to be banned for the 2016 season, why didn’t it pursue Robinson? After all he was Dank’s boss and he did admit to supplying a banned substance to Bock.
ASADA’s purpose is to keep sport drug free. How then can it accept Dean Robinson’s appointment with the Sydney Roosters?
But it appears it has.
Surely Greg Hunt as the responsible Minister must use his powers under section 24 of the ASADA Act to ask the ASADA CEO for a full explanation.