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Australian Sports Drug Medical Advisory Committee reappointment.



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Australian Sports Drug Medical Advisory Committee reappointment

The Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator Rod Kemp, today reappointed Dr Hugh Hazard as Member to the Australian Sports Drug Medical Advisory Committee (ASDMAC) for a further term of one year.

“Dr Hazard is a leading figure in sports medicine and I am delighted he will continue to bring his expertise to the work of the Committee,” Senator Kemp said.

ASDMAC is administered by the Australian Sports Drug Agency and was established by the Australian Government as a key initiative to get tough on drugs in sport. The committee provides:

● processes in relation to obtaining approval for the use of prohibited medications for legitimate

therapeutic purposes; ● additional medical and scientific expertise in relation to the determination of positive test results;

and

● additional medical and scientific information arising from positive test results.

Under the new anti-doping arrangements announced on 23 June 2005, ASDMAC will come under the umbrella of the new Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority once it is established.

“ Australia is proud to be among the world leaders when it comes to stamping out drugs in sport,” Senator Kemp said.

“The Australian Government takes very seriously the fight against doping in sport and has invested significant funds into our Tough on Drugs in Sport strategy in recent years. Under the expanded commitment, ASDA received an additional $9.1 million in the 2005-06 Budget for testing, education, communication and advocacy services.

“Dr Hazard has made a major contribution to Australian sport through his involvement with National Sporting Organisations and his work for ASDMAC will continue to benefit athletes throughout Australia.”

CANBERRA 15 September 2005

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