Former ASADA boss Richard Ings has come out in defence of the West Coast Eagles in the wake of renewed claims of a tainted premiership.
Ings, who was in charge of the anti-doping authority from 2005 to 2010, said no Eagles players returned positive match-day tests during the 2006 season.
He told 3AW the grand final against the Sydney Swans was the most tested game of the year.
“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.
“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 ASADA also conducted “target testing” during the home-and-away season and the finals.
“There was a lot of target testing of the Eagles,” he said.
“There was a lot of intelligence coming in from various sources that suggested this was a club where some testing should take place and target testing did indeed take place of players at that club during that period.
“Well, there were no positives that came through. There were no match-day positives for illicit drugs.”
“There were no players who were tested who returned positive tests for any banned substance”
Ings said he believed methamphetamine – a powerful stimulant – could act as a performance-enhancing drug if it was used before training or games.
He said ASADA did not have the jurisdiction to test for illicit drugs out-of-competition.
“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,” he said.
“That’s very likely what happened.”