Warne can not use mum as an excuse: AMA chief Phelps

Published: Thursday, February 13, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney: Shane Warne could not use his mother as an excuse for taking a banned drug that could end his cricket career, Australian Medical Association (AMA) president Kerryn Phelps said on Thursday. After the news of Warne testing positive broke out on Monday, the leg spinner said his mother had given him the diuretic tablet, Moduretic, which he swallowed the day before he returned from a shoulder injury to Australia's One-day team last month. Phelps, however, rubbished the excuse as nonsense.

"Shane Warne has said that he didn't take the diuretic because of part of his shoulder treatment so goodness knows what he was taking it for unless he had PMS (premenstrual stress)," Phelps was quoted as saying by an Australian news agency. The Australian Sports Drug Agency (ASDA) had a hotline open from 9am to 9pm on weekdays and 9am to 5pm on weekends and public holidays so that athletes could find out any drug's status before taking it, Phelps said.

"You can't use mum as an excuse because mum could call the hotline," she said. "And any parents of elite athletes out there who are even slightly tempted to give their athletic offspring a tablet to take, ring the hotline and find out whether it's okay. Because chances are they're going to get tested, if they get tested and they've taken a banned substance, they'll be sprung and they may well be banned from sport."

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