Sydney, Apr.20 (ANI): A Sports biochemist has reportedly been threatened by an organized crime network to spike the supplements of Australian Football League (AFL) players with cocaine so that they deliver positive tests for the purpose of blackmailing the players.
Shane Charter, the strength and nutrition advisor with Essendon drug investigation has decided to ignore legal advice and publicly announce that he was threatened, bashed, robbed and had his family pet killed since his tenure with the sports supplement program, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
The report said that Charter had given banned peptides to the head of the Essendon supplement program Stephen Dank that were banned by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA), adding that he had seen AFL players failing drug tests.
Charter also used independent drug analysis to warn Olympic athletes to pull out of events, as he knew they would fail competition-day tests, although he refused to provide inside information to the crime network on good players.
Charter has also claimed that he is prepared to provide ASADA with evidence against the crime network during inquiry, as he believes that a solution could only be arrived at if ASADA gets his cooperation.
Charter has alleged that sports scientist Stephen Dank provided the players with human growth stimulants that were banned by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), during his tenure with National Rugby League’s club Cronulla Sharks.
Charter has also admitted using steroids and human growth hormones during international competitions as a power lifter, adding that he used them so that he could recommend the drugs to the athletes after acknowledging their physical and psychological effects. (ANI)