Performance and image-enhancing drugs in the media: 2014

Media feature

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.

Your state

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’

Clean break

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.