OZ sports doping 'widespread'

An investigation into the use of banned drugs in Australian professional sport has found "widespread" doping. No individuals have been named.

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Australian doping scandal shocks sport industry

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Key findings of the Australia sports doping report

The key findings of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority's report were as follows:

  • The use of prohibited substances, including peptides, hormones, and illicit drugs, is widespread among professional athletes.
  • It is being facilitated by sports scientists, high performance coaches and sports staff.
  • The level of use of illicit drugs within some sports is considered to be significantly higher than is recorded in official statistics.
  • Organised crime is involved in distributing the drugs and in one possible case of match-fixing.

Australian professional sport doping 'widespread'

An investigation into the use of banned drugs in Australian professional sport has found "widespread" doping.

According to the Australian Crime Commission the use of prohibited substances was often facilitated by sport scientists, sports scientists, coaches, support staff, doctors and pharmacists.

Government officials and sports representatives speak about the investigation at a press conference in Canberra Credit: Reuters

Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare said the findings were "shocking and will disgust Australian sports fans".

The use of these drugs were also linked to organised crime in some cases.

Mr Clare said these criminal links exposes players to the risk of match-fixing, and the investigation had identified one possible example of that.

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