Hayne can’t play for Fiji: Ings
Canberra: The former head of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority has thrown a spanner in the works of Jarryd Hayne’s plans to play Olympic rugby sevens for Fiji, saying the departing NFL convert may not even be eligible for Rio. Hayne made the stunning decision to walk away from the NFL and the San Francisco 49ers, saying he ‘could not pass up’ the chance to feature at the Olympic Games in August. “The Olympics has been something I have admired since I was a little boy, and it is an opportunity I feel very similar to me joining the NFL,” Hayne said yesterday. The 28-year-old was born in Sydney but his father, former NRL player Manoa Thompson, is Fijian But former ASADA chief Richard Ings said Hayne was unlikely to
play any professional sport, including rugby sevens, due to his time with the nonWADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) compliant NFL. “If Jarryd Hayne had been playing in WADA compliant sport he would have grounds to reduce the 6 months. “But NFL is PED (performance-enhancing drugs) badlands. No chance,” Ings tweeted. “The 6 month return to competition rule is standard across most sports for athletes returning to international competition. And necessary.” Ings also tweeted at the official account of the World Rugby Sevens series, calling on the organisation to veto Hayne’s move given he had not undergone the requisite six months of RTP (registered testing pool) testing. Being barred from joining Fiji’s sevens team would be an incredible shock for Hayne, who played eight games (one start) for the 49ers, registering 17 carries for 52 yards and six catches for 27 yards, while also returning eight punts for 76 yards.