Cricket News 22/02/03
Report By Shane Dell at ACB Headquarters in Melbourne
The Anti-Doping Committee of the Australian Cricket Board has suspended cricketer Shane Warne for a period of 12 months, after finding him guilty of breaching clause 7.1 a,b,c,d,e of the ACB Anti-Doping policy.
Warne recently returned a positive sample to the banned drug Moduretic, a diuretic often used by sports drug cheats to mask other prohibited substances including anabolic steroids, which are often used by sports men and women to promote rapid tissue healing after injury.
Although he admits use of the banned drug, Warne has maintained at all times it was used only for weight loss purposes and was given to him by his mother before a television appearance to ensure he looked his best on tv.
Warne who received a serious injury by way of a shoulder dislocation during the most recently completed VB One Day series in Australia, continues to maintain his rapid recovery from this injury was not associated with the use of any illegal substance, nor was his diuretic use to ensure other substances were not detected.
Avenues are open to Warne in the event he wishes to appeal the decision handed down, a decision he is likely to contemplate in coming days as the impact of his supension sinks in.