BLOG! At the outset of this post, I must confess to being the LEAST interested in Australian Sport! The shinanigans ofthe preceeding week have been of amusement to me simply because of the irony, elite sports men and women taking performance enhancing drugs? your kidding right, not here, not in AUSTRALIA!
For those in a cave, this past week, the ACC – Australian Crime Commission – has released a landmark report that as the countries sporting fans and officials in a proper dither: Apparently, Australians are SHOCKED that it’s sporting elite uses drugs!?
Mainstream media in Australia is currently abuzz with chatter on the ramifications of the ACC report, organised crime, doping, betting are clearly the focus. The minister for sport – Kate Lundy – in a press release said: “The investigation identified widespread use of prohibited substances including peptides, hormones and illicit drugs in professional sport. It also found that this use has been facilitated by sports scientists, high-performance coaches and sports staff. In some cases, players are being administered with substances that have not yet been approved for human use.”
Like other notable international incidence of drug abuse in sport – Lance Armstrong – the Australian case is more about policing powers, not drug testing. The coercive powers of the ACC are set to beef up ASADA – Australian Sport Anti Doping Authority – in the wake of the recent review into Cycling Australian. One of the plus-points here is that ASADA should now be able to move now from simply being a testing and education body to an agency with proper teeth
So as we’ve sat at front of our teles snickering at oversized Chinese swimmers, or cyclists who strove for greatness at the end of a needle while we swallowed his cancer pitch, we clearly missed just HOW good our own guys were getting (except of course for the 2012 Olympic Swim Team, Doubtless there are any drugs there)
Clearly I can ONLY say all this because I DON’T share the passion for ANY code of football that the majority of my countrymen seem to feel. In my-mind, if elite sports-people are already using the drugs, why not make it mandatory.
Medically oversee a doping program to make elite athletes even more high performance, a continuation of the Eugenics program perhaps? Of course I jest, what’s most shocking about all of this is that Australians genuinely believed that their athletes would naturally steer away from artificial performance enhancing, seriously? :: Read the full article »»»»