Cricket News 26/02/03
Report By Shane Dell
A short time ago, disgraced former Australian leg -spinner Shane Warne, advised the ACB and media that he would not be appealing his 12 month suspension handed down by the Australian Cricket Board Anti-Doping Committee on 22 February.
This advice has come hot on the heels of an admission by Warne on Australian television, that he has in fact used the banned masking agent Moduretic on more than one occassion and tested positive to the banned drug on 12 December 2002, almost a month and a half prior to his positive test for the same drug on 22 January 2003, which resulted in his current suspension from all cricket.
Prior to this most recent admission, Warne had maintained at all times he had only ever taken the banned drug on only one occassion prior to a television appearance. Obviously, as a result of his most recent admission, Warne has now lost almost all credibility, a factor that appears to be confirmed by the release of the anti-doping hearing notes from 21-22 February.
These notes clearly state that the evidence as provided by Shane Warne and his mother could not be relied upon and their memory of events was vague at best.
Although Warne continues to maintain that he has never used performance enhancing drugs and only took a fluid tablet and not a Diuretic, the evidence presented in the anti-doping hearing appears to show Warne has been most culpable in his own destruction.
Whilst Warne may continue to try and convince the world that his actions were no more than naivety and stupidity, the court of public opinion no doubt, would be fair in describing Warne and his fanciful explanations of his wrong doing, as idiotic and ill advised garbage.
To view the full notes from Warne’s anti-doping hearing, click the following link.
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