Charter fronts court on drugs counts
The Age, 4 December 2014, 425 words, Mark Russell, Steve Butcher
Sports biochemist Shane Charter, a key witness in the doping case against 34 past and present Essendon players, has appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on drug-related charges.
Doping case witness queries arrest timing
The Age, 4 November 2014, 319 words, Adam Cooper with AAP
A key witness in the doping case against 34 past and present Essendon players has questioned the timing of his arrest for possessing steroids, but maintains he has a strong defence.
Angry WADA trashes ASADA
The Australian, 30 September 2014, 620 words, No author
The World Anti-Doping Agency has issued a stinging rebuke of ASADA and the Australian government.
ASADA sets NRL players deadline
The Australian, 21 August 2014, 526 words, Brent Read
Ten current NRL players have been given until the weekend to admit to taking banned substances and agree to co-operate with anti-doping authorities or risk being suspended for two years.
Gillard ‘wanted quick end to AFL saga’
The Sydney Morning Herald, 9 August 2014, 151 words, No author
Former prime minister Julia Gillard pressured the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority to bring a quick resolution to the Essendon supplements saga, it is alleged in court documents released on Friday.
Juniors using performance raising drugs
The Sydney Morning Herald, 9 July 2014, 580 words, Natasha Boddy
Athletes as young as 12 are using performance or image enhancing drugs, according to a new study that found the practice may be going unchecked because of a lack of drug testing.
Dank suspected of forging signatures
The Age, 26 June 2014, 656 words, Daniel Cherny
The compounding pharmacist believed to have produced peptides injected into Essendon players in 2012 suspects Stephen Dank forged his signature on documents stating that the substance used was World Anti-Doping Authority compliant.
New show-cause deadline from ASADA for Dons
The Age, 26 June 2014, 404 words, Samantha Lane
The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority has granted a second extension of a deadline set for 34 players to respond to allegations of banned drug use at Essendon.
Dons thought there was an ASADA deal
The Age, 21 June 2014, 334 words, Daniel Cherny
Essendon believed it had a deal with ASADA in which the anti-doping agency would not impose any penalties on Bomber players, according to chairman Paul Little.
Sandor Earl wins injunction against ASADA
The Age, 20 June 2014, 479 words, Chris Barrett
Sandor Earl’s appearance before the NRL’s anti-doping tribunal will be delayed after the former Canberra and Penrith winger won an injunction against the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.
Bomber: Players in a ‘grieving’ process
The Age, 20 June 2014, 692 words, Jon Pierik
Essendon coach Mark Thompson says his players are handling the latest developments in the supplements saga with something of a ‘grieving’ mentality, as the Bombers attempt to focus on Saturday night’s clash with Adelaide.
Club blamed for ‘scapegoat’ depression
The Australian, 17 June 2014, 292 words, No author
Essendon football club has been blamed for contributing to former fitness coach Dean Robinson’s depression in an attack aired in court today.
Michael Rogers revels in the thrill of winning
The Age, 1 June 2014, 884 words, Rupert Guinness
With a stage win in the Giro d’Italia already his, Australian Michael Rogers could easily have ridden to the finish in Trieste on Sunday believing that his return to grand tour racing from a provisional doping ban had been mission accomplished.
McDevitt takes over as ASADA boss
The Australian, 9 May 2014, 59 words, No author
Australian Crime Commission Queensland manager Ben McDevitt is the new boss of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.
Anti-doping panel loses four members so can’t judge Dank
The Age, 11 April 2014, 176 words, Samantha Lane
Sports scientist Stephen Dank’s judgment day with anti-doping authorities has stalled after an expert panel that had been preparing to make the critical next call was unable to sit with a quorum on Thursday.
Bureaucracy slows probe
The Australian, 10 April 2014, 582 words, No author
Bureaucratic bungle will further delay the investigation into Stephen Dank’s supplements program. Dank’s programs have been the subject of an investigation by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority for 14 months.
Cartoonist’s son in drug bust
The Australian, 7 April 2014, 426 words, Sarah Elks
The nightclub-baron son of cartoonist Larry Pickering has been ensnared in a major police drug bust of an alleged sophisticated trafficking syndicate involving bikies, their associates and the Gold Coast’s flashiest nightspots.
The Australian, 2 April 2014, 578 words, No author
Rose Tattoo drummer charged after raid. High-profile members of an alleged organised gun syndicate have been charged after a dawn raid by police yesterday.
Anti-doping still in the blood for John Fahey
The Age, 15 March 2014, 2631 words, Samantha Lane
Drugs in sport – ‘The whole world’s got their eyes on Australia’
The Age, 15 March 2014, 35 words, No author
The former boss of the world’s anti-doping effort, John Fahey, tells Samantha Lane why no one’s really interested in catching drug cheats in sport.
Alert as bodybuilders horse around with animal steroids
The Australian, 3 March 2014, 410 words, John Ross, Dan Box
A potentially dangerous steroid-like drug commonly used to treat asthma in horses is increasingly being used by young Australians, looking to either put on muscle or cut fat, with researchers recording an 800 per cent increase in hospital admissions.
Steroid use linked to deaths from heart disease
The Sydney Morning Herald, 27 February 2014, 438 words, Lucy Carroll
Men in their late 20s and early 30s who abuse steroids are dying from serious heart disease, a NSW study has revealed.
ASADA defends probe pace
The Australian, 5 February 2014, 607 words, No author
The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency last night launched a spirited defence of its investigation into Australian sport.
The key to stemming alcohol-induced violence lies in sweeping curbs on access to grog
The Australian, 1 February 2014, 1053 words, Ross Fitzgerald
Until politicians stand up to the liquor industry, excessive drinking will continue to erode society when used with amphetamines, ice and steroids, and often on its own, alcohol is a very dangerous mood-altering drug.
It is the insidious drug culture, not bourbon and beer that fuels barbaric acts
The Sydney Morning Herald, 27 January 2014, 710 words, Stuart Gregor
Barbaric acts are not merely alcohol fuelled. They are fuelled by the epidemic in Sydney of amphetamines, uppers and steroids, as well as too much alcohol.
Cool heads must prevail in violence counter measures
The Sydney Morning Herald, 22 January 2014, 799 words, Nicholas Cowdery
Alcohol-affected violence is not new to Sydney streets, it started with colonisation. However, patterns of such conduct, now fuelled also by drugs (especially amphetamines and steroids), do change.
Bulked-up body, short fuse mind: steroids and rage
The Sydney Morning Herald, 11 January 2014, 511 words, Peter Munro
The rage would come without warning. He once punched through the bathroom wall after failing to fit a tie around his neck, so muscled had it become. Smashing his right fist through the gyprock over something so small.
Sydney’s steroid shame
The Sydney Morning Herald, 10 January 2014, 497 words, Peter Munro
Steroids have become the drug of choice for people who start injecting illicit substances, eclipsing methamphetamines and heroin in popularity among young men.
Customs seize steroids
The Sydney Morning Herald, 7 January 2014, 73 words, No author
Thousands of steroid tablets have been seized by customs officers at Sydney Airport and a mailing centre during the Christmas break.
Teenager knocked senseless in attack
The Sydney Morning Herald, 6 January 2014, 545 words, Rachel Olding
Street violence – Steroids allegedly found in accused’s home. A second teenager was in a coma on Sunday after his skull was fractured in another one-punch attack on Sydney’s streets.