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Timeline in the NRL ASADA scandal

HOW THE NRL ANTI-DOPING INVESTIGATION UNFOLDED:

* February 7, 2013 - Australian Crime Commission (ACC) announces a year-long investigation has uncovered widespread use of drugs in Australian sport
Timeline in the NRL ASADA scandal
by AAP

HOW THE NRL ANTI-DOPING INVESTIGATION UNFOLDED:

* February 7, 2013 - Australian Crime Commission (ACC) announces a year-long investigation has uncovered widespread use of drugs in Australian sport.

* February 12 - Cronulla, Manly, Newcastle, North Queensland, Penrith and Canberra announce they were implicated in the ACC's report, and discuss possible amnesties with ASADA for players and officials who come forward early

* February 13 - Cronulla reveal part of their 2011 season is under scrutiny but that no players have tested positive for performance-enhancing substances

* March 6 - Cronulla confirm meeting with ASADA

* March 8 - Coach Shane Flanagan stood down pending a management review. Cronulla sack football general manager Darren Mooney, head trainer Mark Noakes, club doctor David Givney and physio Konrad Schultz. Bruno Cullen appointed interim CEO

* March 13 - Damian Irvine quits as Cronulla chairman following report he claimed players were injected with horse drugs in 2011

* March 20 - NRL confirms ASADA will interview 31 players after completing the first phase of its investigation

* March 22 - Flanagan reinstated as Sharks coach

* April 3 - Steve Noyce appointed general manager of football

* April 29 - Sharks back-rower Wade Graham becomes first NRL player to be interviewed by ASADA. The authority later suspends interviews with NRL players

* May 12 - Extracts of a report by ex-ASADA deputy chair Dr Tricia Kavanagh published by News Corp Australia, claiming the Sharks employed a systematic regimen of peptides in 2011 in a program of injections, tablets and creams over an 11-week period while sports scientist Stephen Dank was linked to the club

* May 30 - ASADA CEO Aurora Andruska tells a Senate estimates hearing 113 interviews had been conducted and more than 50,000 documents examined since February 7

* June 27 - ASADA granted new powers to compel suspect athletes and others to hand over documents and turn up for questioning, effective August 1

* July 22 - NRL issues directives to 30 players and support staff - including 10 from Cronulla - to schedule interviews with ASADA

* July 29 - Cronulla reinstate Noakes, reach a settlement with Givney and Schultz, and resume talks with Mooney, and apologise for causing damage to their reputations

* July 29 - Cullen quits as interim CEO. Noyce appointed two days later.

* August 1 - ASADA begins interviews with 30 NRL players and support staff

* August 6 - Sharks skipper Paul Gallen and Manly's Anthony Watmough's mobile phones reportedly seized by Customs at Sydney Airport

* August 29 - Canberra's Sandor Earl is suspended and issued with a NRL infraction notice after admitting to using and trafficking the banned peptide CJC-1295

* December 11 - ARL Commissioners and NRL integrity unit meet for 10 hours on the progress of the investigation into Cronulla's 2011 supplements program

* December 17 - The NRL announces its provisional findings against Cronulla, proposing the club be fined $1 million, Flanagan be suspended for 12 months, and the cancellation of former strength and conditioning coach Trent Elkin's registration.

* January 29, 2014 - Cronulla, Flanagan and Elkin lodge their responses to the NRL sanctions

* March 5 - The NRL rejects appeals by the Sharks, Flanagan and Elkin, upholding its preliminary penalties handed down on December 17

* March 14 - Flanagan drops threats of further appeal and legal action; accepts ban.

* June 27 - Elkin given the green light to resume his career in the NRL from December 2015 after successfully appealing his indefinite suspension

* August 20 - ASADA begin issuing 17 past and present Cronulla players show cause notices and gives them 10 days to respond




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