~~Shame~~ Warne popped more than one pill, claims report
Published: Wednesday, February 19, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
Warne's 'B' sample also positive, faces two-year ban
Sydney: Analysis of Shane Warne's positive drug test indicates Australia's champion spin bowler must have taken more than one banned diuretic tablet, it was reported on Wednesday. 'The Sydney Morning Herald' said a source close to the investigation into the controversy found Warne's drug test showed a result that reflected the use of more than one diuretic tablet. "Warne must have taken more than one tablet to get the effect he has registered," the newspaper quoted the source as saying. The comment contradicts statements by Warne that he took just one banned diuretic tablet. 'The Herald' also quoted the Canadian chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency, Dick Pound, as ridiculing Warne's explanation that the tablet was given to him by his mother, Brigette. "Poisoned by his mother?" Pound told the paper. "It is good, very good. It ranks up there with the one 'I got it from the toilet seat'." Pound, a lawyer and former vice-president of the International Olympic Committee, said a lenient penalty by the Australian Cricket Board would jeopardise Australia's reputation as a leader in the fight against doping. Reports earlier this week suggested that a second sample taken from Warne had also tested positive for banned substances, dashing the master leg spinner's slim hopes of having drugs charges against him dropped. Melbourne's 'Herald Sun' reported that the Australian Sports Drugs Agency (ASDA) advised Warne on Monday that his 'B' urine sample had provided the same positive result as the 'A' sample that led to Warne's shock exit from the World Cup last week. There has been no official confirmation of the 'B' sample results. The Australian Cricket Board (ACB) said it was still waiting to be informed about the test's outcome and ASDA said its public release was a personal matter for Warne. Warne has made no official statement on the latest reports as his legal team and public relations advisers try to save his career. At 33, Warne's international career would very likely be finished if he receives the minimum two-year ban for testing positive for a banned diuretic, a stimulant which can conceal the use of steroids.