Drug inquiry changes course
By STEVE SPINKS
BYRON BAY's world champion kayaker Nathan Baggaley will have to front the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Sydney to clear his name.
Baggaley tested positive to steroids following an outof-competition drug test conducted by the Australia Sports Drug Agency on September 13.
Australian Canoeing has the right to conduct its own tribunal but it has instead referred the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which has not yet listed a date for the case to be heard.
The CAS was set up by the International Olympic Committee and is recognised by all its members.
Generally, a dispute may be submitted to the court only if the two parties involved have agreed to do so.
Two types of dispute are heard by the CAS ? those of a commercial nature and those of a disciplinary nature.
The CAS website says that disciplinary cases are generally dealt with in the first instance by the relevant petent sports authority and subsequently become the subject of an appeal to the CAS, which then acts as a court of last instance.
However, in Baggaley's case, his matter has been directly referred to the CAS.