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Weightlifting, baseball top testing list

By Glenn Cullen 28/07/2004 07:41:41 PM Comments (0)

Weightlifting, motorcycling and baseball have topped the list of sports in Australia with the most positive drugs tests in the last financial year.

The Australian Sports Drug Agency (ASDA) released its results for the last 12 months on Wednesday with 19 positive findings and five failures to comply coming from 6,614 tests.

Like motorcycling and baseball, weightlifting had three positives but it also had two failures to comply including the recent case of Caroline Pileggi who was struck from the Olympic team and given a two-year ban after she fled testers in Fiji.

The 24 entries for positives and non compliances were down by 10 from 2002/03, a period in which there were six per cent fewer tests conducted.

The overall number of positives were the lowest in the last five years, something which ASDA chief executive John Mendoza admitted wasn't necessarily an indication of fewer athletes here taking drugs.

"Statistically it's not a sign, it's not indicative of a trend," Mendoza said.

"These kind of figures are in the ballpark of other countries who conduct similar testing."

Rugby league provided two adverse findings from the one Queensland state competition player who was given a three month sentence for the use of methamphetamines and amphetamines while swimmer Andrew Burns received the same sentence for a positive test to ecstasy.

Athletics and cycling were amongst the other sports that provided adverse findings in the last 12 months.

Despite the recent positives in weightlifting and the controversies surrounding cyclists, Mendoza said results over the past 15 years suggested there wasn't a drug culture in Australian sports.

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