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.