- After a thorough examination of the evidence contained within the file, WADA has decided to lodge its independent right of appeal to the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), says WADA Director General, David Howman in a statement.
- We have now completed our independent review of the full case file on the AFL Anti-Doping Appeals Tribunal decision regarding 34 current and former Essendon players, he continues.
As with all pending cases, and adhering to the proper and normal respect for the integrity of the legal process, WADA will refrain from commenting further on the subject until a decision has been made by CAS.
The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) welcomes the decision:
- ASADA welcomes WADAs decision to appeal the AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal’s ruling in relation to 34 former and current Essendon players.
- ASADA will fully support WADA in its appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), said ASADA CEO Ben McDevitt.
- ASADA has handed over a comprehensive brief of evidence to assist WADA in its preparation for the CAS hearing,’ said Mr McDevitt.