Hayne can’t play for Fiji: Ings

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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.

Richard Ings

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