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An Australian sports presenter has referred to the discovery of "widespread" doping in Australian professional sport "the biggest scandal to hit Australian sport".
Jim WIlson added that at this point, there was no indication as to who the individuals were, but there is a suggestion that people will be named and shamed.
Kate Bates is a former Olympic cyclist:
Gerard Whateley is an Australian sports journalist:
- 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.
Australia's Sports Minister Kate Lundy has issued a stark warning to sports professionals who engage in doping or match-fixing.
"If you want to dope and cheat, we will catch you, if you want to fix a match, we will catch you".
Australia's Minister for Home Affairs, Jason Clare, said an inquiry's finding of "widespread" doping in professional sport was "shocking and will disgust Australian sports fans".
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.
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.