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Drugs in sport and the Australian Crime Commission Investigation

15 February 2013

The Federal Government and the Australian Crime Commission held a press conference last week and handed down the Australian Crime Commission's Report headed Organised Crime and Drugs in Sport.  Since that time Australian sport, and in particular AFL and NRL, have been under a cloud of suspicion as to the extent of performance enhancing drug use and the involvement of organised crime. 

Since that time no criminal charges have been brought, clubs have been named but no specific athletes have been named.

John Fahey the former New South Wales Premier and now head of WADA the world Anti-Doping Agency has been reported in the Courier Mail of the 12th of February as saying:-

"I am puzzled why they chose to announce it in the manner they did, knowing it will be some months before individuals are dealt with after ASADA (Australia's Sports Anti-Doping Authority) and the state police forces conclude their work".

"We've seen some bones, now give us some meat. 

In the meantime, while we are guessing, no doubt there is a high level of discomfort from everybody involved, particularly the NRL and AFL, who seem to be where the fingers are being pointed."

Fahey has said in other press reports that this recent scandal is not good for Australian sport and it may take a long time to clear up the damage to our national sporting reputation. 

So if you are confused as to what the announcement meant, who is involved, how big is the problem, whether there will be anyone facing criminal charges or what exactly happened, you are in the same boat as the rest of us.  Obviously the Crime Commission and the Government had some strategy in how they dealt with the disclosure of this report, but that strategy isn't clear to me, or it would seem, most sporting administrators and commentators in Australia. 

It is now suggested that up to 80 athletes may be charged with doping offences.

We all want drug free sport, but whether this process is how you get it only time will tell.

Is all of this solving the problem or creating a problem?

For more information contact:

John Mullins | Partner
Mullins Lawyers
t +61 7 3224 0210
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