Posted: 7 February, 2013 by Triple M

Drugs Rife In Aussie Sport

Australian Crime Commission rips the lid of major scandal

Tags: AFL, AFL News, Crime Commission, Breaking News, NRL

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The Australian Crime Commission released the findings of a 12-month investigation into the integrity of Australian sport and the relationship between professional sporting bodies, prohibited substances and organised crime.

Crime Commission Report:

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It said the links may have resulted in match-fixing and fraudulent manipulation of betting markets.

The key findings of the investigation identified widespread use of prohibited substances including peptides, hormones and illicit drugs in professional sport.

It said that in some cases players were being administered with substances that have not yet been approved for human use.

The ACC also identified organised crime identities and groups that are involved in the distribution of PIEDS (Performance and Image Enhancing Drugs), to athletes and professional sports stars.

The ACC report noted increasing evidence of personal relationships of concern between professional athletes and organised criminal identities and groups.

"The ACC has found that professional sport in Australia is highly vulnerable to infiltration by organised crime. Multiple athletes from a number of clubs in major Australian sporting codes are suspected of currently using or having used peptides," Justice Minister Jason Clare said in a statement.

The report concluded that some coaches, sports scientists and support staff of elite athletes have orchestrated and/or condoned the use of prohibited substances.

Some sports scientists have indicated a willingness to administer substances to elite athletes which are untested or not yet approved for human use.

Summary Of The Report

Sport Scandal Explained

The key findings from the Australian Crime Commission report.

AFL Statement

The AFL today welcomed the release of a report into organised crime and drugs in sport and said it sounded a timely warning for all sports in Australia about the insidious and growing dangers of corruption and prohibited substances.

AFL Chief Executive Andrew Demetriou supported the recommendations from the Australian Crime Commission and Federal Government designed to safeguard the integrity of Australian professional sport in the face of an emerging threat.

He said the report also underlined the need to enhance information-sharing between investigative agencies and approved sporting bodies.

"Protecting the integrity of our competition has been a key priority for the AFL for several years. The report findings are deeply concerning on a number of levels for all sports fans, athletes and administrators," Mr Demetriou said.

"They highlight the need for vigilance and also the necessity for all professional sports bodies to take proactive steps to secure the integrity of their competitions against a backdrop of increased use of Performance and Image Enhancing Drugs and the involvement of organised crime gangs."

Mr Demetriou said the AFL fully supported the recommended actions and protocols arising from the ACC Report – many of which were already in place within the AFL competition.

"The AFL has implemented a range of initiatives over the past four years to safeguard the integrity of the competition through rules, regulations, a dedicated Integrity Unit with investigative and intelligence expertise, strong relationships with enforcement agencies and education programs for AFL players and officials," Mr Demetriou said.

"Significantly, the AFL's Integrity Unit operates across match-fixing, doping and other sports integrity issues, which enables an overarching approach to countering risks of corruption. In regards to anti-doping efforts, we share information and work closely with the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) and a former ASADA intelligence analyst is joining the Unit later this month to enhance our existing capabilities."

"But as the ACC Report emphasises, there is still more work to be done in the face of new and growing threats."

Mr Demetriou said the AFL Integrity Unit would carefully examine the Report's findings as they might relate to Australian football and would initiate investigations as required with the support of the ACC and ASADA. In addition, the Unit will review the AFL's anti-doping code and other rules and regulations in light of the matters outlined.

"Under the WADA code, it is very clear the use of performance-enhancing drugs has no place in sport, and obviously we support that principle," Mr Demetriou said. "I urge any current or former player or club official with knowledge of inappropriate behaviour or activity to come forward and assist our efforts."

"Plans are also underway for the AFL to add to its integrity capabilities in the coming weeks so we remain at the forefront of efforts in Australian sport to combat corruption risks."

In addition Mr Demetriou said that the AFL would meet with clubs to review the extent of medical supervision over fitness and conditioning programs and the treatments provided to players.

Mr Demetriou also urged legislative action to enable greater information-sharing between investigative authorities and approved sports bodies to allow for effective action against criminal and seriously improper activities occurring in sport.

The Australian Crime Commission and Federal Government have recognised the importance of this issue and in April 2012 amendments were made to the ACC Act to enable the ACC to share information with private sector bodies including sporting bodies.

The AFL was added by regulation to the list of organisations able to receive information from the ACC.

"The AFL looks forward to further legislation enacted by the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments to support the efforts of sporting bodies and agencies such as State Police, the ACC and ASADA in fighting corruption in sport."

Mr Demetriou said the AFL was acutely aware of the need to maintain the confidence of fans by protecting the integrity of the game at all levels.

"The AFL is devoting significant resources to our integrity capabilities and also providing education to AFL players and officials about the risks associated with performance-enhancing drugs and the consequences of involvement in any form of match-fixing activity." 

NRL Statement

The National Rugby League has today joined all major sports, the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA), the Australian Crime Commission, and the Federal Government in supporting a far reaching investigation into doping and integrity issues in sport.

The National Rugby League has also appointed former Federal Court Judge, The Hon. Tony Whitlam QC to assist in the investigation process and to establish a permanent NRL Integrity Unit.

The NRL has today committed to:
 
- The establishment of a fully resourced NRL Integrity Unit;

- Conduct an audit and establish a register of personnel supplying performance services to players and or NRL Clubs;

- Sanctioning any Club or player found to have concealed information in relation to a breach of the NRL Anti-Doping Policy;

- Requiring team doctors to review any instance where supplements, substances or other procedures may have been administered without the prior approval of the team doctor;

- Introducing centralised testing for illicit substances to complement existing club programs.

NRL CEO, Mr Dave Smith said Rugby League would be strong in meeting emerging threats in world sport:
 
"As sports we have to get this right and we will. We are committed to working with ASADA and the Government in dealing with these threats and in addition to that will strengthen our own investigative capability," he said.

"Regardless of the outcome of those investigations, there is an opportunity here to take the initiative in terms of the integrity of in sport. Our fans and the absolute majority of our players deserve nothing less."
 
The information that the Australian Crime Commission has supplied to the NRL is governed by strict legal conditions which prohibits further comment.

Cricket Australia Statement

Australian cricket says it is important that major sports and government work together on an urgent, national approach to sports integrity.

Cricket Australia (CA) Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland said he was shocked when briefed this week about Australian Crime Commission concerns about possible organised crime links with some Australian athletes.

"There was no specific evidence or links suggested to Australian cricket, which has a record of proactive management on issues such as anti-doping, illicit drugs, anti-corruption and bans on cricketers and cricket employees betting on cricket," he said. "But no sport can afford anything other than constant vigilance."

"Sport is an important part of the Australian way of life and fans rightly have high expectations of Australian sports' integrity," he said.

He said this week's advice of criminal interest in sport was a disturbing reminder of the need for an integrated government-sport approach to national sports' integrity.

CA is committed to work actively with other major sports in supporting the federal government and relevant government authorities in hardening up the integrity environment around Australian sport.

In a specific sense, Cricket Australia will immediately implement a review of our own integrity systems, controls and processes to ensure that Australian cricket is fully equipped to deal with the heightened integrity risks that have come to light this week.

CA is a foundation member of the Coalition of Major Participation and Professional Sports (COMPPS) and supported COMPPS' 2011 proposal that Australian Federal and State Governments introduce criminal penalties for match fixing.

Triple M News (Early Report)

The Australian Crime Commission will hold a press conference 10am at Parliament House in Canberra with Minister For Sport, Kate Lundy, and Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare.

Triple M Footy's Damian Barrett is tipping it will heavily involve both the AFL and NRL.

Cricket Australia CEO, James Sutherland, will appear at the Crime Commission presser as the "Chair of the Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports" (representing all major sporting codes).

Barrett, who broke the story regarding the supplement scandal which has rocked the AFL world and in particular, Essendon, said he thinks a big name from the world of NRL may be embroiled when the latest developments emerge.

Barrett says the news out of the media conference will be huge.

"I think the code that is going to be most alarmed when all is said is the NRL," said Barrett on Triple M's Hot Breakfast.

Mark Geyer reckons this major announcement could blow the NRL apart.

"If this is all true this is gonna be bigger than the Storm salary cap breach," said MG on Triple M's Grill Team.

Matty Johns agreed saying after the Lance Armstrong episode people have had a gutfull of drugs in sport.

"The reason the NRL is being dragged into this is Stephen Dank's involvement with other NRL teams."

The media conference follows the revelation earlier this week the Australian Sports Anti Doping Agency (ASADA) and the AFL are investigating Essendon over what could be the use of illegal supplements in 2012 under a fitness program run by 'sports scientist', Stephen Dank.

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The latest developments;

• Stephen Dank offered a flat denial to the question of whether he gave Essendon players banned performance-enhancing drugs (in the Herald Sun).

• Fairfax Media reportes convicted drug trafficker Shane Charter, a biochemist who calls himself Dr Ageless, allegedly supplied Dank with potentially banned supplements sourced in Asia.

• Reports in The Age say Stephen Dank is the subject of a Federal Police investigation about illegal drugs. The newspaper says "the investigation has been ongoing for some time, but it is unclear if any charges have been laid".

• Former Essendon player Mark McVeigh, who retired in 2012, told the AFL website Bomber players would be absolutely "shocked and disgusted" if anything came of the investigation. He also whacked former team-mate Kyle Reimers, whose public interview on Channel Nine sparked a media frenzy on Tuesday, calling him a "disgruntled" player that "rarely turned up to pre-season training in any sort of form that resembled a professional footballer" (on another Melbourne radio station).

• Port Adelaide released a statement saying Angus Monfries and SANFL-listed player Henry Slattery will cooperate fully with ASADA and AFL investigators. Monfries moved to Port from the Dons last year while Slattery was delisted by Essendon at the end of 2012.

• Essendon Chairman David Evans, in an open letter to club members, said the saga is "very distressing for our club, our executive, our players, our Board and our members."

• Bomber players trained at Tullamarine on Wednesday in a session closed to the media by security guards.

• Controversial former AFL player Jason Akermanis says the type of substances Essendon players allegedly used are designed to beat drug detection. Aker was once pilloried for suggesting an opposition player was using performance-enhancing drugs.

• A Melbourne doctor's revealed he met with Essendon's fitness bosses last year to discuss the use of peptides.

• AFL clubs Geelong and the Gold Coast Suns, along with NRL clubs Manly and Cronulla, have said there has been no wrongdoing on their parts despite having either or both of outed Essendon sports scientist Stephen Dank or Dean "The Weapon" Robinson working with the clubs in the past six years.

• Former Port Adelaide captain, Warren Tredrea, revealed how close he came to taking a banned substance when he was playing.

• There are reports at least one other AFL club may need to be included in the AFL and ASADA's investigation into the potentially illegal supplements used by players last year.

• Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) told News Limited that Dank is not an accredited "sports scientist".

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Damian Barrett's Interview With Kyle Reimers Uploaded at 6 February, 2013 - 7:13AM

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Kyle Reimers, who was delisted by Essendon at the end of the 2012 season, told Triple M Footy's Damian Barrett that key people at the Bombers knew they were flying close to the sun last year.

In this video: Damian Barrett, Kyle Reimers

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