Ca er ‘not sur­prised’ to be cleared for dop­ing

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

FRENCH club Rac­ing 92 an­nounced yes­ter­day that former All Blacks great Dan Carter and two other play­ers had been cleared by a dop­ing probe.

Carter, fel­low former All Black Joe Roko­coco and Ar­gen­tinian winger Juan Imhoff were the tar­get of an investigation by the med­i­cal com­mis­sion of the French Rugby Fed­er­a­tion (FFR).

The trio tested pos­i­tive for cor­ti­cos­teroids fol­low­ing last sea­son’s Top 14 fi­nal.

Carter said he was not sur­prised by the rul­ing and de­scribed the af­fair as “dis­ap­point­ing and frus­trat­ing”.

“I hold my in­tegrity and the game of rugby’s in­tegrity in the high­est re­gard,” he said in an In­sta­gram post.

“Whilst this whole episode is dis­ap­point­ing and frus­trat­ing, I sup­port the au­thor­i­ties who work hard to en­sure our game is played fairly.”

Rac­ing con­firmed re­ports in the French me­dia 24 hours ear­lier that their play­ers had been of­fi­cially cleared of any wrong­do­ing.

The club said the rul­ing “dis­pelled any doubts over-shad­ow­ing the med­i­cal prac­tises of the club.”

“As we have al­ways stated, nei­ther the play­ers nor their doc­tor com­mit­ted the slight­est vi­o­la­tion of the rules or the slight­est eth­i­cal breach.”

The orig­i­nal dope tests, or­dered by the French anti-dop­ing agency AFLD, found traces of cor­ti­cos­teroids, which can be used against pain, in­flam­ma­tion or al­ler­gies.

The sub­stance is il­le­gal when taken orally or in­jected in ei­ther the blood or mus­cle, un­less ac­com­pa­nied by a Ther­a­peu­tic Use Ex­emp­tion (TUE).

Rac­ing had al­ways de­nied all wrong­do­ing, say­ing the sub­stance was ad­min­is­tered by an “au­tho­rised method” sev­eral days be­fore the Top 14 fi­nal and there was no need for a TUE.

Rac­ing beat Toulon 29-21 in the fi­nal in Barcelona in June, with Carter and fel­low former All Black Roko­coko con­tribut­ing 20 points be­tween them.

Carter spoke of his re­lief at the con­clu­sion of the af­fair.

“I am glad that we can now put all this be­hind us so I can now con­cen­trate on play­ing rugby,” he said. –

Photo: EPA

New Zealand’s Dan Carter pre­pares a penalty kick dur­ing the Rugby World Cup 2015 fi­nal be­tween New Zealand and Aus­tralia in Lon­don on Oc­to­ber 31, 2015. The All Blacks won, 34-17, and Carter was named Man of the Match.

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