Report reveals sport drug use

Written By miftah nugraha on Kamis, 07 Februari 2013 | 19.55

Chiefs of Australian sporting codes, Sports Minister Kate Lundy, ASADA CEO Aurora Andruska, Justice Minister Jason Clare and Australian Crime Commission CEO John Lawler speak at the release of the ACC's report into Australian sport. Picture: GETTY

TASMANIAN Institute of Sport boss Paul Austen cannot guarantee all athletes in Tasmania are drug-free.

Austen's comments come in the wake of the Australian Crime Commission releasing the findings of the year-long "Project Aperio".

The reports uncovered evidence of widespread use of prohibited substances -- including peptides, hormones and illicit drugs -- match-fixing and the infiltration of organised criminal groups in the distribution of performance and image enhancing drugs.

Austen said TIS athletes were well-educated in the evils of performance-enhancing substances, but he could not vouch for players from other popular sports.

"That's not a question I can answer," Austen said.

"All I can say from an Institute viewpoint is that we have zero tolerance to the use of performance-enhancing substances.

"We are signatories to the WADA code and any athlete that is involved with the institute has to operate under that code.

"And if they don't they have to suffer the consequences.

"It's impossible for anybody to know what any one individual may or may not be getting up to."

There were few sports the TIS oversaw that would involve a temptation to cheat.

"About 85 per cent of the athletes we work with day-in, day-out are in the development stage of their careers, and as such their risk profiles would be exceptionally low," Austen said.

"They all understand the consequences of getting it wrong.

"We've had a couple of instances over the institute's history where people have made errors in judgement, not necessarily to gain an advantage, and not being totally responsible for what they ingest.

"We believe we have educated our athletes well about the risk of operating in a drugs-in-sport environment, and the reality of it is the risk profile is not high."

The key points to the crime commission's findings were:

• Widespread use of peptides and hormones by professional athletes across all sports and levels

• Coaches, sports scientists and support staff orchestrating and condoning use of prohibited substances

• Some substances have not been approved for human use

• Organised crime involved in domestic distribution of performance enhancers

• Two codes briefed on the use of peptides by players from different clubs

• Officials from unnamed club identified as administering variety of substances via injection and drips, possibly including peptides and possibly in breach of anti-doping rules

• Evidence of match fixing being investigated in unnamed code

• NRL looking into a number of players from a number of clubs, but has not outlined allegations

• Concerning relationships identified between professional athletes and criminal identities

Read more on the ACC report at news.com.au


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