Former ASADA chief rejects drug cloud over AFL decider

West Coast Eagles players celebrate their win in the 2006 AFL grand final.
West Coast Eagles players celebrate their win in the 2006 AFL grand final. JULIAN SMITH

AFL: The former chief of ASADA has played down talk that West Coast Eagles players could have taken part in the 2006 grand final win under the influence of illicit drugs after revelations of a drug culture at the club.

The revelations were contained in a report that was leaked to the media earlier this week. The 83-page report documents the drug culture at the West Coast Eagles in the mid 2000s.

Richard Ings, who was in charge of the anti-doping authority when the Eagles defeated the Swans in the 2006 decider, said a number of tests were conducted on grand final day and none returned positive.

"The grand final is the most tested match of the AFL calendar,” Ings said.

"So in 2006 there would have been a significant number of tests conducted on both teams after that grand final and there were no players who were tested who returned positive tests for any banned substance.”

Ings said tests were for both performance-enhancing and illicit drugs.

"It would have been a full-screen, in-competition test, which means it's not just for steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs but also for a range of illicit drugs including methamphetamine, cocaine and even heroin,” he said.

"Many athletes involved in using illicit drugs are very much aware. These are things they take out of competition, they need to take them in advance so they clear their system so that they can pass a match-day test.

"That's very likely what happened.

"What we can draw the conclusion of is on that day there were a significant number of tests, full-screen tests including tests for illicit drugs, which were conducted on both teams and none of the players subject to testing or target testing returned a positive test for anything.”

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