In a major blow to one of the potential teams, the Sydney Roosters were reported that 6 of their players have positive tests for the banned HGH. The elevated levels of HGH however are said not to because of intentional use of these banned supplements but because of use of detox diets by Nubodi.
The reports of the positive testing of the players came to light when in a newspaper, it was intimidated that the law enforcement officers has seized the information of the blood tests of the players from an organized crime figure.
The club has sacked the firm that provided them fine-tune detox diets. According to Brian Canavan, COO of the club they have hired Nubodi to provide the fine-tune detox diets for their players. He also added that the players of the club were tested for HGH without any consent of the staff or official members of Roosters’ club. The club has made an official statement saying that the team has taken care of all the processes throughout the season of 2013, on Thursday.
According to the statement, “As is the cases with all clubs, players have been regularly and extensively tested throughout the season by ASADA and the club has fully co-operated with the organization’s routine tests.” It also said, “In relation to matters raised in the media today, there has been full voluntary disclosure with the NRL’s Integrity Unit over many months and the club has not been contacted by ASADA.” Shedding light on the conduct of the club statement mentioned that, “We reinforce that the club maintains the absolute highest standards in its own policies and governance, and as a club we have nothing to hide.”
In the list of six players who have elevated levels of HGH include names of Boyd Cordner, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Sam Moa. Later there was a test conducted by the club on the three players which returned negative results for HGH doping.
There are no intimidations that any of the Rooster players’ have gone over the policies or acted improperly. Unsatisfied Canavan over testing said, “We were very unhappy that the extended (blood) testing was conducted. It was done without our knowledge.”
On the other side owner of Nubodi, Sean Carolan ruled out that the elevated level of HGH in players is because of any illegal supplement use.
The final decision is still not clear however carrying on with the season the Roosters will be playing against Newcastle in the preliminary final match this Saturday. Their win will lead them to final to be played on October 6, 2013.