27 Feb 2014

Aussy doping probe progressing

10:15 am on 27 February 2014

The Outgoing Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority chief executive Aurora Andruska says the 13-month investigation into the use of drugs in the Australian Football League and the National Rugby League has been completed.

Andruska told a Senate committee on Wednesday night that her organisation would now prepare briefs for retired Federal Court judge Garry Downes to review and he would decide whether to pursue any cases against individuals.

Federal Sports minister Peter Dutton, who appointed Downes to the role, recently said the retired judge would be expected to provide an assessment by April.

For such cases with enough evidence to pursue, they will be sent to the Anti-Doping Violation panel for preparation of an infraction notice.

AFL club Essendon and NRL club Cronulla have been the focus of the agency's probe, which started in February 2013.