ASADA to provide costs for WADA prosecution
THE Australian Sports AntiDoping Authority will stump as much as $US100,000 ($A1,286,000) towards WADA’s prosecution of the Essendon 34. The figure was revealed in a clarification to the Federal Senate from ASADA’s national operations manager Trevor Burgess after he had given an incorrect figure when giving evidence at a budget estimates hearing earlier this month.
WADA has taken the antidoping case against 34 current and former Essendon players to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Burgess told the Federal Senate hearing that “ASADA is supporting WADA with support in kind”.
“We have provided two lawyers for a small period of time to brief WADA, and WADA’s legal representatives, to hand over the full brief of evidence,” he said.
“At the moment that is a couple of weeks work for two senior lawyers. And we have, at this stage, agreed with WADA to contribute a capped amount up to $US 100,000.”
Burgess revealed ASADA’s external costs related to investigating Essendon and NRL team Cronulla had blown out to almost $4 million.