Performance and image-enhancing drugs in the media: 2016

Media feature

Why the ASADA doping scandal was the best thing to ever happen to the Cronulla Sharks

The Sydney Morning Herald, 1 October 2016, 2130 words, Andrew Webster

Nobody at Cronulla can quite bring themselves to say it, even if it’s true: the best thing that ever happened to the Sharks was the doping scandal that almost killed them.

Spotlight: Just say maybe

The Australian Magazine, 3 September 2016, 173 words, Ross Bilton

Here’s a radical idea: should doping be allowed in sport? Is it time to admit performance-enhancing drugs can’t be eliminated, and their underground use only exposes athletes to more harm?

Case against Russians ‘sexed up’

The Australian, 4 August 2016, 978 words, Jacquelin Magnay

Doping case against Russians sexed up, say sports officials. The World Anti-Doping Agency has been accused of having ‘sexed up’ the case against Russian.

Buff and busted as steroids go off

The Age, 4 August 2016, 463 words, Tom Cowie

Australia’s pursuit of the perfect pecs, abs and biceps has led to an explosion in the number of arrests and seizures for illegal steroids.

Blow to Olympics anti-doping credibility as troubled Rio lab gets the OK to run tests

The Australian, 22 July 2016, 593 words, Chip Le Grand

The integrity of anti-doping measures at the Rio Olympics rests with a laboratory that has been stripped of accreditation multiple times for failing to meet standards set by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

‘Meet targets or lose funding’

The Australian, 17 June 2016, 129 words, Patrick Smith

On the eve of the Rio Olympics, the Australian Sports Commission will today release a list of governance reforms sporting bodies will be required to adopt if they are to continue to receive public funding.

Road to Rio not all plain sailing but we’re in the swim

The Australian, 13 June 2016, 297 words, Simon King

Given the systemic doping of Russia’s track and field athletes, John Bertrand knew it wasn’t a stretch to believe the country’s swimmers may be involved.

Evidence clouds Maria’s story

The Australian, 9 June 2016, 759 words, No author

A doping tribunal was clearly sceptical about Maria Sharapova’s claim she innocently took a banned substance.

IV-shot clinic chemist on theft charges

The Age, 2 June 2016, 483 words, Tom Cowie

The pharmacist behind a controversial chain of ‘hydration clinics’ has been charged with the theft of more than $250,000 worth of prescription drugs, including peptides and steroids, from the chemist linked to the Essendon drug scandal.

Pre-Games drug tests bolstered

The Australian, 4 May 2016, 201 words, Rachel Baxendale

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority will be given $1.5 million over three years to implement anti-doping measures ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Bock’s job under review

The Australian – Online, 14 April 2016, 368 words, No author

Nathan Bock’s position as head coach of the Southport Sharks is under review after the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority reopened its investigation into allegations he used a performance-enhancing drug.

Dank sued for unpaid debts over failed investment

The Age, 4 April 2016, 458 words, Tom Cowie

Stephen Dank is no stranger to the court room. He’s fought media organisations for defamation, been banned for life by an AFL anti-doping tribunal and faced investigation for Medicare fraud.

Call for international hit squad

The Australian – Online, 15 March 2016, 775 words, No author

Officials have hailed the sanctioning of 34 Essendon Australian Rules players as an essential step in shoring up the legitimacy of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s ability to ban athletes by means other than urine or blood tests.

Sharapova runs out of friends

The Australian, 10 March 2016, 775 words, No author

Maria Sharapova is virtually friendless on the WTA Tour. Leading male and female players faced a barrage of questions about Sharapova’s doping scandal on the opening day of the Indian Wells Masters.

Go-to drug on everyone’s lips

The Australian, 8 March 2016, 560 words, No author

The heart medication meldonium is the sports drug of the moment. Tennis star Maria Sharapova is the most prominent of seven leading international athletes to test positive to the drug in the two months since it was banned.

Bombers case lowers bar for guilty verdict

The Australian, 22 February 2016, 632 words, Chip Le Grand

One of the world’s leading advocates for athletes charged with doping offences believes the Court of Arbitration for Sport decision against the 34 current and former Essendon footballers has reduced the strength of evidence required to secure a guilty finding.

Watson’s grip on Brownlow safe… for now

The Australian, 6 February 2016, 542 words, Chip Le Grand

Essendon captain Jobe Watson will keep his Brownlow Medal until an appeal against his doping ban is decided by a Swiss court.

Time out as Essendon 34 await next stage of saga

The Australian, 22 January 2016, 935 words, Michael Pelly

The 34 Essendon players suspended for doping violations reckon they’ve been treated like criminals.

‘They are just the meat in a sandwich’

The Australian, 13 January 2016, 391 words, Joe Kelly

Bill Shorten has repudiated Australia’s anti-doping regulator by defending the players of the Essendon Football Club caught in the nation’s biggest doping ­scandal as victims who were ‘paying a big price for other people’s decisions’.

ASADA boss defends pursuit of players

Sydney Morning Herald, 13 January 2016, 409 words, Jane Lee

The Essendon Verdict: The head of Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority has defended the agency’s pursuit of Essendon players, saying he hopes their punishment for doping offences will warn other athletes to take more responsibility.