Allegations of involvement of organized crime in Australian sport

    Published in: Latest IntelligenceBy Peter CohenAustralian sporting circles have been in uproar since the country’s national crime commission said last month that professional athletes were widely using illegal substances and suggested this could affect the integrity of the sports.While the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) is not a traditional law enforcement agency, its findings carry significant weight and can lead to federal or state prosecution. The agency’s “Organised Crime and Drugs in Sport” report however did not name any specific athletes, clubs, leagues or even sports to protect ongoing investigations. The lack of detail fuelled some allegations that the report’s release was politically motivated and an outcry that the agency’s approach had cast a cloud on all Australian sports. Commission officials subsequently said that players with six National Rugby League clubs and one Australian Football League club were involved in alleged drug taking and that drug use involved “a number of...

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