Baggaley waits on hearing date
By STEVE SPINKS
NATHAN Baggaley could have his doping matter heard before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) before Christmas.
The Byron Bay kayaker tested positive to banned steroids stanozolol and methandienone in an out-of-competition drug test conducted by the Australian Sports Drug Agency on September 13.
Since then there has been a lengthy delay while the governing body of kayaking, Australian Canoeing, decided where the matter should be heard.
Australian Canoeing has the power to conduct its own tribunal but it has since referred the matter to the CAS.
A spokesman for the CAS has told The Northern Star the matter has been listed but a date has yet to be finalised.
According to the spokesman, those involved were hopeful of dealing with the case before Christmas but there was no guarantee of an outcome before the end of the year.
Baggaley has maintained that he never knowingly took the steroids but there has been no explanation of how the substances came to be in his system.
After obtaining legal advice the three-time K1 500m World Champion and dual Olympic silver medallist has remained silent on his positive test since it first came to light.
The CAS was set up by the International Olympic Committee and is recognised by all of its members.
Generally, the CAS is used as a court of last instance after earlier hearings.
But Baggaley's case has been directly referred to the CAS.