ASADA hits back at latest ‘allegations’ over Essendon scandal
ASADA has hit back at what it says are “allegations of evidence manipulation” in the media.
ASADA responded on Wednesday, saying the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) had sole responsibility for setting and determining prohibited substances.
“It is not possible to manipulate whether or not substances are prohibited,” ASADA said in a statement.
“Thymosin Beta 4 was included on the 2010 Prohibited List by WADA under a general category of substances being a growth factor affecting muscle, tendon or ligament, vascularisation and regenerative capacity.
“The substance Thymosin Beta 4 was always banned before, during and after the Cobia investigation.
“Thymosin Beta 4 has never been approved for human use.
“Whether a substance was on ASADA’s former Check Your Substances tool has no bearing on its status as a prohibited substance on WADA’s Prohibited List.
“It is impossible to list every substance that may be used for performance enhancement in such a tool, particularly those not approved for use by humans.”
ASADA said any search for a substance on its website that was not contained in the “Check Your Substance” tool would have received an instruction to follow up with ASADA immediately.
The anti-doping body said it was “subject to a level of external scrutiny that has never before been seen” in an Australian anti-doping investigation.
- multiple Federal Court challenges;
- multiple anti-doping hearings;
- Swiss Federal Court review;
- complaints made by third parties to the Commonwealth Ombudsman; and
- complaints made to the Senate Committee.
“At all times the conduct of ASADA and its staff was vindicated,” ASADA said.