Shocked Warne mulls dropping doping ban appeal move

Published: Monday, February 24, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney: A "shocked" Shane Warne is reconsidering appealing against his 12-month doping ban, reluctant to put his family through further heartache, the star Australian leg spinner said on Monday. Warne, who was handed the sentence on Saturday after a positive drugs test last month, told 'The Daily Telegraph' he had to think seriously about pursuing the matter because of the impact it might have on his family.

"Do I want to go through this all again and put my mum, wife, kids and the rest of the family through another couple of weeks of heartache, anticipation and anxiety?" the 33-year-old father of three wrote for an article published on the front page under the headline "MY TORMENT". "This is something I am giving a lot of thought to because I have seven days to decide. I have a lot of angry and disappointing thoughts at the moment but I do have to start thinking clearly."

Australia's leading wicket taker reiterated his devastation on receiving the ban, imposed on him after he tested positive to banned diuretics, describing it as "very, very harsh". He described the past two weeks as the toughest of his life, but said the one positive was that "hopefully no other athlete makes an innocent and silly misjudgment like I did because such an innocent thing can rock and turn your life upside down."

Warne said he would take to getting his golf handicap down, watching Aussie Rules side St Kilda and spending time with his family. Another consideration for Warne is also likely to be the fact that an even tougher penalty could be imposed if he appeals. 'The Telegraph' quoted Tim Frampton, a director of the National Sports Dispute Centre, as saying he had the impression the body could "confirm or vary it - up or down". Copyright AFP 2001

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