Professional Australian athletes are injecting performance-enhancing drugs not approved for humans use provided by sports scientists and criminals.
A year-long Australian Crime Commission investigation has revealed widespread use of “peptides, hormones and illicit drugs” in professional sport.
Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare revealed organized crime groups and athletes had been identified but would not provide specifics.
“The findings are shocking and they’ll disgust Australian sports fans,” Clare said.
“Multiple athletes from a number of clubs in major Australian sporting codes are suspected of currently using or having used peptides.” He said at least one case of match-fixing was being investigated but would not reveal the sporting code involved
“Do not underestimate how much we know,” Clare said, adding scientists, coaches, support staff, doctors and pharmacists were “orchestrating the doping of entire teams”.
Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Graeme Ashton said performance enhancing drugs were a bigger concern than match fixing in the state.AFL boss Andrew Demetriou said Essendon’s case was not linked to the ACC investigation. He spoke as Bombers coach James Hird was today linked to Shane Charter, a convicted drug trafficker who may have supplied ex-Essendon sports scientist Stephen Dank with supplements at the center of the AFL’s doping investigation.
Essendon said Charter gave dietary advice to Hird in 2003 and in early 2004 and they’d had no contact since. Essendon players are being investigated for possibly being given growth stimulants.
Now that the specific names of the players is not yet revealed doubts are which all sports are impacted with doping and match fixing cases in Australia.