Dank talks tough on ASADA at luncheon
Essendon AFL players won’t be sent any infraction notices by ASADA, according to controversial sports scientist Stephen Dank.
Dank, who refuses to speak to ASADA over its investigation into Essendon’s use of supplements in 2012, says every drug/supplement was well-managed and documented and the supplement program was known by everyone in the football department.
Dank spoke at a fundraiser luncheon for the Riddell Football Netball Club on Friday that attracted over 700 guests at Crown Casino.
Security staff barred some, but not all, media from attending.
Guests were told to put their phones away and refrain from filming Dank’s on-stage appearance.
Last week, ASADA sent Dank a letter alleging anti-doping breaches while he ran the supplements program at Essendon.
Dank said the next time he speaks about the events of 2011 and 2012 will be in the Federal Court, where he’s taking action against ASADA, heraldsun广西桑拿,广西桑拿网, reports.
The question of what exactly was injected into Essendon players was not addressed by Dank, although he was happy to talk about his knowledge of biochemistry.
Dank said he would never talk to ASADA because of various leaks to the media, which he blamed on the organisation.
Guests emerged from the function with only good things to say about Dank, judging by about a dozen people who stopped to chat to waiting media after the three-hour gathering.
One punter said he didn’t have much time for Dank before Friday, but in person he found him to be quite convincing.
AFL chief Andrew Demetriou said Dank had been given plenty of chances to speak to the relevant authorities and he questioned whether a footy luncheon was the right forum.
“He’s now been sent a letter, a show cause, for 34 particular issues and I hope he responds,” Demetriou said on Friday.
“That’s the proper and appropriate forum for him to do that.”