Sydney: How the Australian Cricket Board (ACB) anti-doping panel summarised some points it had to weigh up in determining Shane Warne's one-year suspension from cricket for taking a banned diuretic. The findings by a three-person committee were published through the ACB's Website on Wednesday.
- No attempt was made to ascertain the content of the drug before taking it.
- The drug was not taken for a legitimate therapeutic purpose.
- The taking of the drug resulting in the positive reading was not an isolated incident.
- The player asserted lack of knowledge of the content of the anti-doping policy notwithstanding attendance at seminars and receipt of copies of the policy.
- He denied any knowledge of avenues of checking use of medication by sportsmen.
- He knew it was a fluid tablet and expected it to have some effect on his body integrity.
- The sanction must recognise that the use of diuretics is a serious doping offence.
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