The Australian Sports Drug Administration (ASDA) has announced that the first two rounds of testing for banned performance-enhancing drugs will begin at the end of February and the third in March.
The first two stages of the first round of testing will take place at the ACT and the second in March, followed by the third stage in April.
The A-League has been forced to postpone the finals in Sydney and Perth to deal with a spike in anti-doping incidents.
The ASDA said it would have a total of 2,000 athletes tested for banned substances during the first stage of the tests.
The second round of tests will be held at the ASADA headquarters in Melbourne.ASADA Chief Executive Graham Smith said the results of those tests would be available to the public on the ASDA website, and would be released by the ASMA in the coming weeks.
“Our testing programme will be designed to provide accurate and complete information to the Australian public, including the ability to access relevant, current and upcoming tests and data to ensure that the A-league and other sporting bodies are keeping up with current developments,” Smith said.
“We’re also committed to working with our community to ensure our testing is transparent, transparent to the community, and transparent to all concerned.”
This will help us to be as effective as possible in managing our new regime.
“The ASMA has been criticised for the delays, with a number of high-profile players, including Wayne Rooney, Craig Bellamy, David Villa, Wayne Milne and Jamie Maclaren, all failing to respond to requests for comment.AAP/ABC