Hayne's Rio dream will not be derailed by
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[May 16, 2016]
By Greg Stutchbury
WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Fiji's Olympic
committee see no impediment to Jarryd Hayne joining their rugby sevens
team for the Rio Games, even though he has not been subject to World
Anti-Doping Agency accredited testing procedures while playing in the
San Francisco 49ers running back Jarryd Hayne (38) poses with an
Australian flag after the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Levi's
Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Hayne, who played one season for the San Francisco 49ers, said on
Sunday he had chosen to "retire" from the NFL after being approached
by the Fiji Rugby Union about making himself available for Rio.
Former Australian Sports Anti-doping Authority (ASADA) head Richard
Ings, however, said in comments widely reported by Australian media
that the former rugby league international would be ineligible for
His reasoning was that Hayne would have to be part of a
WADA-recognized testing program for six months prior to the Aug.
The NFL has its own anti-doping policy but is not a signatory to the
The head of Fiji's Olympic Committee said she could not speak about
Hayne specifically but said their selection policies did not require
athletes to go through an effective six month stand down period
while they entered the testing program prior to representing the
"No (there is no requirement). Every athlete who becomes a squad
member and then finally a Team Fiji member is aware that at some
stage they could be randomly chosen to be drug tested," FOC
Secretary General Lorraine Mar told Reuters from Suva.
"There is no criteria that they have to be tested a number of times.
So that's not a consideration, but the athlete needs to be aware
they could be drug tested."
Mar said World Rugby could have rules about players being required
to be available for drug testing before being allowed to compete.
World Rugby's Regulation 21, which deals with the anti-doping
policy, does not mention a stand-down period for players returning
to competition unless they have previously retired or are serving a
ban and are in the "registered testing pool".
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The registered testing pool is for players whose behavior was
considered 'high risk'. Such players contemplating a return to
competition are required to make themselves available for six months
Under Article 20 of the WADA code, the only requirement for athletes
who have not been "regular members" of a sport -- like Hayne -- is
that they make themselves available for testing and comply with the
relevant whereabouts rules.
A similar rule applies to National Olympic Committees. As soon as
athletes are identified on their 'long list' of entrants for
competition, they must be made available for testing.
The Fiji Rugby Union were unavailable for comment on Monday.
Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan has welcomed the decision by 28-year-old
Hayne to make the switch but said there were no guarantees he would
make the final 12-man squad for Rio despite his rugby league
Hayne is expected to join the Fiji squad in London for this
weekend's final round of the Sevens World Series.
(Editing by Nick Mulvenney)
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