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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.

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