The indictment of tainted Warne by ACBs committee

Published: Wednesday, February 26, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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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.

Copyright AFP 2001

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