Performance and image-enhancing drugs in the media: 2015

Media feature

Man charged over brawl, steroids

Sydney Morning Herald, 29 December 2015, 222 words, No author

Police have arrested a man over a brawl outside a Sydney ice creamery and seized 150 vials of steroids allegedly found in the man’s vehicle.

Essendon players’ Christmas limbo

The Australian, 23 December 2015, 321 words, No author

Essendon players will have to wait until mid January to hear of their fate following the club’s doping saga.

IAAF gathering falls flat as doping dominates agenda

Sydney Morning Herald, 26 November 2015, 807 words, No author

There was an uneasy, faintly embarrassed atmosphere around the Fairmont Hotel on Monte Carlo’s seafront on Wednesday, in stark contrast to previous years when the suits and the spikes of world athletics have come together to celebrate their sport.

Growth of a pariah state

The Australian, 12 November 2015, 1940 words, Bruce Loudon

Under Putin, Russia has turned its back on civilised standards.

Moscow lab boss boasted of doping

The Australian, 10 November 2015, 994 words, No author

A drug lab at the centre of the Russia doping scandal was run by a retired athlete who admitted to drug use.

‘Ban Russia from athletics’

The Australian, 10 November 2015, 786 words, No author

An independent commission has recommended Russia be suspended after ‘sabotaging doping tests’.

‘Suspend Russia from athletics’

The Australian, 9 November 2015, 287 words, No author

An independent commission has recommended that Russia should be suspended from all athletics after sabotaging doping tests.

Doping boss points the finger

The Australian, 15 October 2015, 672 words, No author

WADA boss David Howman says the primary culprits in the Essendon drug scandal are the support staff.

Earl set to appeal huge drug ban

The Australian, 14 October 2015, 611 words, No author

Former Canberra winger Sandor Earl has been weighing up whether to appeal after he was banned for four years by the NRL.

Earl suspended for four years

The Australian, 14 October 2015, 135 words, No author

Former Canberra winger Sandor Earl has been suspended for four years under the NRL’s anti-doping policy.

Online peptide sales booming

The Australian, 10 October 2015, 1210 words, Chip Le Grand

A new, lucrative peptide business model has emerged in the wake of the Essendon and Cronulla doping scandals, with entrepreneurial doctors and pharmacists setting up online stores to meet a growing demand for substances that remain unapproved for human use.

Doping agony over for Aussie

The Australian, 16 September 2015, 365 words, No author

Olympic champion Kylie Palmer only learned this year of a 2013 failed doping test that threatened her career.

The cobalt crackdown

The Australian – Online, 19 August 2015, 1847 words, No author

Long before footballers, cyclists, athletes and swimmers began to be placed under the microscope for doping, the sports involving the equine and canine species attracted the unscrupulous the world over.

Bodybuilder in custody on steroids charges

Sydney Morning Herald, 29 June 2015, 123 words, No author

Personal trainer James Blatch publicly boasted of his ability to improve the appearance of his clients but he didn’t advertise one of his alleged methods — supplying them with steroids.

Doping witness changes story

The Australian, 21 June 2015, 574 words, No author

A central figure in the doping case against Essendon has contradicted a crucial aspect of his evidence now before WADA.

Les Mason faces drug charges

Sydney Morning Herald, 1 June 2015, 96 words, No author

Les Mason, the one-time boxer and brother of NRL star Willie Mason, is facing supply charges after police allegedly seized drugs, cash and steroids from a Cooks Hill unit.

Lufthansa considers random pilot checks

The Australian, 22 May 2015, 208 words, No author

German airline Lufthansa is considering random health checks on pilots, hoping to benefit from the surprise factor in a similar way to doping tests.

Record year for drug seizures, arrests

The Age, 16 May 2015, 369 words, Dan Harrison, Fergus Hunter

A record number of Australians were arrested for illicit drug offences last financial year, according to the Australian Crime Commission.

Anti-ageing doctor found guilty of misconduct over drug prescriptions

Sydney Morning Herald, 2 April 2015, 533 words, Louise Hall

In the interview on Sydney radio station 2GB, a furious Jones also described Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) boss Ben McDevitt as a “thug” and blasted Minister for Sport Sussan Ley’s response to the Essendon doping scandal as “appalling”.

The journey isn’t over yet, says ASADA boss

The Age, 2 April 2015, 781 words, Samantha Lane

Supplements scandal – Essendon affair – Appeal possible

Dark day cruelled ASADA

The Australian, 1 April 2015, 698 words, No author

ASADA chief executive Ben McDevitt has blamed the blackest day in Australian sport for cruelling the Essendon probe before it began.

After debacle, spotlight should fall on watchdog

The Australian, 1 April 2015, 468 words, Chip Le Grand

Essendon footballers were badly let down by their club in 2012. On this, nearly everyone involved in the great drugs scandal can agree.

Key questions for moving forward

The Australian, 31 March 2015, 216 words, No author

What will be decided? Doping allegations against 34 current and former Essendon footballers and sports scientist Stephen Dank.

Bikie pleads guilty to drug trafficking

The Age, 31 March 2015, 83 words, Steve Butcher

A former Australian army sniper turned senior Comancheros outlaw bikie has pleaded guilty to trafficking drugs including ice, cocaine and steroids.