Banned substances revealed to be 'widespread' in Australian sport
February 7 , 2013
The use of banned drugs in Australian professional sport has been found to be "widespread" according to a year-long investigation.
The Australian Crime Commission (ACC) said scientists, coaches and support staff were involved in supplying drugs across multiple sporting codes, without naming any individuals.
In some cases, the drugs were provided by organized crime syndicates.
Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare said on Thursday that the findings were "shocking and will disgust Australian sports fans".
"Multiple athletes from a number of clubs in major Australian sporting codes are suspected of currently using or having previously used peptides, potentially constituting anti-doping rule violations," Clare said.
The report said there were "clear parallels" between what had been found in Australia and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency probe into disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong.
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