Performance and image-enhancing drugs in the media: 2013

Media feature

ASADA relied on ‘vague’ accounts

The Australian, 27 December 2013, 670 words, Chip Le Grand

Anti-doping authorities are treating as ‘admissions’ vague recollections from Essendon footballers about being injected with a peptide that may or may not be banned for use in sport.

NRL’s Sharks fined $1m over doping

The Australian, 17 December 2013, 549 words, No author

NRL club Cronulla has been fined $1 million and its coach Shane Flanagan banned for a year over a 2011 doping scandal.

ASADA agent’s glee as Essendon boss quits

The Australian, 5 December 2013, 531 words, Chip Le Grand

An investigator for the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, who previously worked for Victoria’s failed police watchdog, welcomed the news that a top Essendon official had quit in the wake of the supplements scandal.

WADA to target doping coaches

The Australian, 16 October 2013, 565 words, No author

World Anti-Doping Agency president John Fahey will today outline proposed changes to the anti-doping code.

Bikies’ big guns prove elusive, despite trail of destruction

The Age, 11 October 2013, 400 words, Nino Bucci

In some bikie cranny, probably in outer suburban Melbourne, lie the two guns that 700 police could not find.

Your state – Victoria and Tasmania

The Australian, 9 October 2013, 491 words, No author

Officers charged over drugs: A Victorian police sergeant and a senior constable have been charged with possessing performance-enhancing drugs after a lengthy anti-corruption investigation.

Police arrested after drug raids on homes

The Age, 9 October 2013, 401 words, Rania Spooner, Nino Bucci

Steroids and human growth hormone targeted: Two members of Victoria Police have been suspended with pay following an internal investigation into the use of performance-enhancing drugs and amid fears of corruption within the force.

Sports drugs tempt teens

The Age, 5 October 2013, 485 words, Kate Hagan

An alarmingly high number of elite teenage athletes say they plan to take performance-enhancing drugs, a study has revealed.

Prisons officer sold drugs and turned up to work high on ecstasy, ICAC finds

The Sydney Morning Herald, 27 September 2013, 325 words, Lisa Davies

A NSW prisons officer who sold steroids to a colleague, turned up to work high on ecstasy and had a personal relationship with a former inmate to whom he also supplied drugs has been found guilty of corrupt behaviour.

Hollywood drug boosts power of steroids

The Sydney Morning Herald, 26 September 2013, 407 words, Michael Carayannis

Roosters scandal: Human growth hormone (HGH) is commonly referred to as the ‘Hollywood drug’. It helps aid vanity but is unlikely to lift performance if used in isolation.

Roosters get all-clear over HGH

The Australian, 26 September 2013, 641 words, No author

The NRL has given the Roosters the all-clear over allegations of elevated levels of human growth hormone detected in some of its players.

NRL braced for ASADA surprise

The Australian, 9 September 2013, 697 words, No author

Dave Smith believes the game is prepared to deal with bad news.

Doping scandal hits NRL

The Sydney Morning Herald, 30 August 2013, 71 words, No author

The doping scandal dubbed the ‘blackest day’ in Australian sport when it emerged seven months ago has seen the first NRL player suspended for taking a performance enhancing drug.

Lance Armstrong settles with Sunday Times

The Australian, 25 August 2013, 177 words, No author

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong agrees a settlement with the Sunday Times after it sued him for $A1.7 million, the paper announces.

Club figures blew the whistle on supplements but no action followed

The Age, 22 August 2013, 376 words, Emma Quayle

Several people at Essendon raised alarms about aspects of the club’s supplements program but – according to the AFL’s charge sheet – the concerns were never adequately followed up, even by those who had expressed them.

Stress of study leads to ‘academic doping’

The Australian, 19 August 2013, 573 words, No author

As academic stress builds, US students are looking for something stronger than caffeine to keep them alert and focused.

Bombers case no guide for Sharks

The Australian, 14 August 2013, 552 words, No author

Cronulla chairman Damien Keogh has warned against drawing any comparison with events at Essendon.

Cronulla player’s second interview

The Australian, 8 August 2013, 462 words, No author

Wade Graham has fronted for a second interview with the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.

‘False script’ charge

The Age, 6 August 2013, 254 words, Dan Oakes

The son-in-law of senior Hells Angel Peter ‘Skitzo’ Hewat has been charged with perverting the course of justice after allegedly convincing a suburban doctor to write a false prescription for steroids and testosterone.

Dank urged to check on drug legality

The Age, 1 August 2013, 444 words, Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker

Dean Robinson privately urged Stephen Dank to ‘check out section S0’ of the world anti-doping code – which covers drugs not approved for human use – before the start of Essendon’s supplements program.

Sharks’ $6m doomsday scenario

The Australian, 30 July 2013, 646 words, No author

A Doomsday scenario that predicted Cronulla stood to lose $6 million in damages was drawn up by the club in March.

Sharks welcome back sacked quartet

The Australian, 29 July 2013, 683 words, No author

Cronulla has performed a remarkable backflip over the four staff sacked in the wake of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority investigation.

Call for O’Grady to quit AOC role

The Australian, 25 July 2013, 379 words, No author

The AOC today called for the resignation of Stuart O’Grady from its Athletes’ Commission following his admission to doping.

O’Grady named as `suspect’

The Australian, 25 July 2013, 232 words, Peter Kogoy

One day after Stuart O’Grady announced he was stepping off his bike for good, he was named as a suspect in a French parliamentary inquiry into doping at the Tour de France 15 years ago.

Essendon in ‘doctor shopping’ to beat ban

The Age, 23 July 2013, 639 words, Richard Baker, Nick McKenzie

Essendon’s 2012 supplements program involved a ploy to circumvent anti-doping rules banning substances not approved for human use by ‘doctor shopping’ in an attempt to get prescriptions to obtain drugs from a compounding pharmacist.

Cronulla players rejected ban deals

The Australian, 22 July 2013, 582 words, No author

NSW captain Paul Gallen is among eight Cronulla players alleged to have been in negotiations with anti-doping government officials earlier this year.

Drug suspicions over Essendon grow

The Age, 5 July 2013, 793 words, Richard Baker, Jake Niall, John Silvester with Nick McKenzie

Concerns that Essendon players were given a banned performance-enhancing drug have strengthened with the emergence of an invoice showing the club was billed for a ‘Thymosin peptide’.

Scientists work on gene doping test

The Sydney Morning Herald, 1 July 2013, 155 words, Peter Jean

Injecting genetic material which causes the human body to create its own doping agents could be the next big thing in sports drug cheating.

Doping interviews to ramp up as Senate grants coercive powers

The Sydney Morning Herald, 26 June 2013, 488 words, No author

Sports scientist Stephen Dank will be grilled by investigators after the Senate voted to bolster the coercive powers of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.

Purity on the rise as ice tops the drugs wave

The Australian, 20 May 2013, 583 words, Mark Schliebs

Last year saw the biggest annual haul of narcotics in a decade.

Bigorexia: school sport’s big drug fight

The Sydney Morning Herald, 18 May 2013, 1673 words, Peter Munro

Image concerns and pressure to perform are driving students to extremes.

Lessons in steroid danger urged for all schoolchildren

The Sydney Morning Herald, 18 May 2013, 481 words, Peter Munro

The World Anti-Doping Agency has called for every Australian school student to be taught about the dangers of performance-enhancing drugs, saying children are putting their health at risk by taking steroids and sports supplements.

High on moral panic

The Age, 12 February 2013, 1004 words, Craig Fry

A punitive approach to drugs in sport is overkill. Tackling the culture that produces drug abusers is the answer.

Report links anti-ageing services to doping

The Sydney Morning Herald, 8 February 2013, 250 words, Ben Grubb

Anti-Ageing clinics have been directly linked to widespread doping within Australia’s sporting community, with some clinics identified as having links to organised criminal identities.

Anti-ageing clinics linked to sports doping

The Age, 8 February 2013, 533 words, By Ben Grubb with Kate Hagan and Rachel Wells

Drugs sold without prescriptions – Australian sport in crisis

Anti-Ageing clinics have been directly linked to widespread doping in the sporting community, with some identified as having links to organized crime identities.

Consultant’s business made huge claims – SPORT IN CRISIS

The Australian, 8 February 2013, 364 words, Brent Read

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Cow birthmilk, growth hormones in cocktail booster – SPORTS IN CRISIS

The Australian, 8 February 2013, 423 words, Rick Morton

Article not available.