World Anti-Doping Agency president John Fahey has conceded comments on Friday that Essendon would be hit with inevitable doping charges was based on no new information.
“I have had some general discussions at different stages over the past year with different personnel, none of which have had any detail in it,” Fahey told the Weekend Australian.
“It has always been my understanding that when they finish their investigation there is a strong likelihood that action will be taken.
“I have learned nothing in recent weeks to suggest one way or another that is correct or incorrect. It has just been my understanding for a long time.”
We keep hearing this. But after an extensive investigation by a star-chamber regulator the chances of changes being brought against specific individuals does tend to be high. Irrespective of whether those individuals have done anything wrong. After all if the star-chamber regulators investigated people without bringing charges we might start wondering what it was that they did. This must especially be true after the “darkest day in Australian sport”.
We also now know that people with money enough and backbone enough to rigorously defend themselves will get off – probably because the whole thing was a Wag the Dog exercise from the very beginning. In the meantime Fahey is starting to look as bad as Demetriou.
Mind you, as much as I’d like to nominate John Fahey for the prestigious Inaugural Andrew Demetriou Corporate Governance Practitioner of the Year Award the fact is Demetriou has done such a fantastic job himself it might be converted from an annual award to a lifetime achievement award.