WADA calls for NRL cooperation, public patience




BRISBANE, Australia (AP) -- The head of the World Anti-Doping Agency has urged the Australian public to be patient and for the National Rugby League to stop stonewalling in the doping scandal that has engulfed two of the country's leading sports.

WADA president John Fahey is an Australian with long political and sporting ties in the country.

An Australian Crime Commission report in February said dozens of players in the Australian Football League and NRL might have used illegal supplements.

Fahey says doping authorities cannot rely on that background for any potential action against the athletes.

But he says he's confident the battle will continue, pointing to the success of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's lengthy investigations which led to Lance Armstrong's eventual confession that he had doped while winning the Tour de France.