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Dank to headline sportsmen's night

Sports scientist Stephen Dank will join ex-footballers Mark Jackson and Peter Bosustow at a sportsmen's night at The Caledonian Hotel tonight.

LUKE MCMANUS May 7, 2014 3:05am

Controversial sports scientist Stephen Dank will headline a sportsman’s dinner at The Caledonian Hotel tonight.

Dubbed ‘‘the most controversial football show in history’’ by event organisers, Dank is one of three panel members scheduled to speak this evening, alongside ex-footballers Mark Jackson and Peter Bosustow.

The show, titled ‘A Football Cocktail’, includes a two-course dinner and dedicated question-and-answer segment, with tickets costing $60 a head.

Punters might be disappointed to learn, however, that Dank intends to be tight-lipped on the very subject which gives weight to the night’s controversial angle.

Dank has been at the centre of an ongoing investigation by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority into substance use at AFL and NRL clubs.

Last month, Dank was handed a ‘‘show cause’’ notice by ASADA which accused the biochemist of administering banned supplements to players at the Essendon Football Club.

Dank has since launched defamation suits against multiple media outlets and ASADA’s findings are yet to be handed down.

The Riv understands Dank initiated contact with the hotel and is to attend under the proviso that any discussion related to the doping saga will be off the table.

The Riv was unable to obtain contact details for Dank yesterday while event organisers were reluctant to comment on Dank’s appearance tonight.

Jackson and Bosustow are sure to provide some colour to the evening, with the former better known for his on-field antics during his time with Geelong.

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