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Bedford Roughyed

Member Since 22 Apr 2004
Offline Last Active Yesterday, 10:29 PM
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In Topic: Drugs - another story coming out

Yesterday, 06:00 PM

Is it? I thought for random testing it was 3 misses equals a fail...

 

You might be right.  I can't remember to be honest.


In Topic: Drugs - another story coming out

Yesterday, 05:17 PM

In OZ it is standard to test entire squads.

 

I think most of our testing is along the line of 2 players per team after a match, then at SL level random tests between games.  Players nominate an hour a day where they know they will be, and a tester can turn up without warning.  If you are not there, then its a fail.


In Topic: Drugs - another story coming out

Yesterday, 05:15 PM

I agree. Steroids and opiates in particular have legitimate medical uses, particularly in muscle and joint injuries, common in any contact sports. Surely doctors keep records of drugs prescribed or administered to players. Drug testers can cross-check any positive tests against doctors' records and make allowances for medical usage.

 

When you get given (legitimate) 'drugs' you can get a medical use exemption (or something like that).  You need to declare it before any tests, rather than get caught and find the exemption after.

 

Also from memory I think it varies between in and out of season as to what is allowed.


In Topic: Drugs - another story coming out

Yesterday, 05:04 PM

Interesting statement.

 

Is it usual to test the whole squad?


In Topic: Drugs - another story coming out

Yesterday, 05:12 AM

Why does it always seem to be lower level players that get caught?

 

Less money to get the good stuff?  Less tests, so thinking you can get away with it.