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Media Release

 

SENATOR KATE LUNDY

SHADOW MINISTER FOR SPORT AND YOUTH AFFAIRS

SHADOW MINISTER ASSISTING ON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

SENATOR FOR THE AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

 

 

Pain-killing injection ban welcomed

 

 

The decision by the International Rugb y Board to ban pain-killing injections for rugby union players is a positive and welcome step towards eliminating drugs in sport, Shadow Minister for Sport, Senator Kate Lundy, said today.

 

Under the new guidelines announced this week, pain-killing injections and local anaesthetics will no longer be allowed before or during a game, except in “highly unusual circumstances.”

 

“The International Rugby Board should be congratulated for putting players health first, Senator Lundy said.

 

“Pain-killing injections increase the risk of permanent injury to players. They are used to numb injured areas or the pain resulting from injuries.

 

“Pain-killing injections are often used in a manner that makes them ‘performance enhancing’ and therefore their use must be strictly regulated.

 

“A truly effective anti-doping agenda must also include pain-killing drugs, which often cause greater damage to athletes than other banned substances.

 

“Other sports should take heed of the innovative stance adopted by the International Rugby Board and consider banning the use of local anaesthetics administered by injection.” Senator Lundy said.

 

 

27 April 1999

37/99.

 

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