Dank Left to Carry the Can

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Stephen Dank is being left to carry the can on the glacially slow and ineffective ASADA investigation into AFL doping.

‘The Essendon 34’ (as they have come to be known) have been cleared of taking the performance-enhancing peptide Thymosin Beta-4. This leaves only the sports scientist Dank to carry the blame.

ASADA is hoping for a decision from the tribunal before the appeal period expires on April 21.

Dank is facing more than a dozen charges under the AFL Anti-Doping Code, but has not yet received notification about judgement from the Tribunal.

Even when he does, said the correspondence to Dank, his charges may not be read out that day.

ASADA chief executive Ben McDevitt said, ‘”We eagerly await that component from the Tribunal because Stephen Dank was the alleged architect here, and so it will be very interesting to see what the findings are; and what the reasons behind those findings are from the tribunal.

‘It will certainly enable us to make a more informed decision.”

Among the charges are: Dank is alleged to have administered Thymosin Bta-4 to Essendon players; Hexarelin to players; was in possession of Thymosin Beta-4, Hexarelin and Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators.

Dank denies all allegations of wrongdoing. He has not appeared before the tribunal and refuses to co-operate with the ASADA investigation.

Meanwhile, josh Thomas and Lachlan Keeffe will face another round of tests from ASADA after initially testing positive to the outlawed drug Clenbuteroll.

The pair is scheduled to meet with representatives from ASADA on Monday to discuss their situation.

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