Ross Stapleton writes:




There is little doubt that in refusing
to adopt the WADA code on testing for illicit drug use, the AFL remains out of
step now with virtually all Australian sport. While the league cites as one of
the principle planks in its own defence that WADA regulations would conflict
with its pre-existing drug testing ground rules as set out in the Collective
Bargaining Agreement with the AFL Players’ Association, this has never
been a hindrance previously.

WADA sees good
reasons for controlled use of remedial injury drugs of the type former
England cricket captain Michael Atherton speculated might have
prematurely aged the body of injury-prone Australian fast bowler, Jason
Gillespie. Atherton wrote in Britain’s Sunday
Telegraph
:

Jason Gillespie is five years
younger than McGrath and yet his performances during the early stages of
this tour have been that of an older man.
In his youth, Gillespie suffered injury after injury and no doubt his
body is full of anti-inflammatories and cortisone, drugs that eventually make
you bowl like an aging rocker.

So by protecting club drug
treatment injury management culture by refusing to sign up for the WADA drug code, is the AFL creating its own “aging rockers”?

Read Ross Stapleton’s analysis here.

Peter Fray

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