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Cricket, Rugby League sign up to WADA code.

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Cricket, Rugby League Sign up to WADA Code

The Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator Rod Kemp, welcomed today’s announcement by Cricket Australia and the National Rugby League they would sign up to the World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA) code.

“I congratulate both the NRL and Cricket Australia on their commitment to fighting drugs in sport by signing on to the WADA code,” Senator Kemp said.

“This is an extremely good outcome for Australian athletes and Australian sport. The vast proportion of Australia’s elite athletes will now operate under the WADA code. Australia has been acknowledged as world leaders in fighting drugs in sport and will continue to pursue a sporting environment in which athletes are able to compete fairly.

“It is unfortunate the AFL has decided not to commit to the WADA code but I have made it clear to Andrew Demetriou my door is always open if they wish to reconsider their position,” Senator Kemp said.

“Unfortunately, this means that, as of tomorrow, the Australian Government can no longer provide funding for that sport.”

Senator Kemp thanked the Australian Sports Commission, Australian Sports Drug Agency and the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts for their work in helping the two codes become compliant.

The Government went to the last election with a pledge to require sporting organisations to implement anti-doping policies and practices that are consistent with the Code, and approved by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC), as a condition of funding.

“The establishment of the WADA code provides an international set of standards which will, once and for all, provide athletes with certainty and confidence when competing at home and on the international stage,” Senator Kemp said.

MELBOURNE 30 June 2005

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