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Former police officer appointed Australian anti-doping head

Posted on May 09 2014 | IANS

Canberra, May 9 : Former high ranking federal police officer Ben McDevitt has been appointed chief of Australia's anti-doping agency, Sports Minister Peter Dutton announced Friday.

McDevitt held high positions in the federal police and the Australian Crime Commission over a 28-year career in law enforcement, reports Xinhua.

During the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA)'s ongoing anti-doping investigations into the National Rugby League (NRL) and Australian Football League (AFL), Australian federal government provided funding for ASADA to engage Federal Court Judge Garry Downes to provide assistance.

The investigation into supplements programmes in the leagues has already resulted in a USD 1.79 million fine for AFL club Essendon and a USD 895,000 fine for NRL club Cronulla.

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