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SBD Global/February 15, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Former Australian Senator John Black Calls ACC Report On Drugs 'Amateur Hour'
Published February 15, 2013
THE MEDIA CLOUD: Also in Sydney, Pia Akerman reported Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten "has accused the media of 'casting a cloud' over Australian sport through coverage" of the report. Shorten said that while "the issue of drugs in sport was 'a real issue,' there had been too much attention paid since the ACC last week claimed organised crime had infiltrated sport." Shorten said, "I believe that sport in Australia and a lot of the athletes ... are doing the right thing, and I think there has been an undue focus in the media on just casting a cloud over everyone. Do you think controversies are what sells newspapers?" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 2/14). Also in Sydney, Ray Gatt reported concerns A$40M ($41.4M) "was wagered on an A-League game by Asian punters have been put to rest after Football Federation Australia revealed the figure was in fact eight times less." Following its own investigation, FFA issued a press release Thursday confirming that the actual amount was A$5M. The discrepancy was blamed on the media, which "reported the estimated figure in Australian dollars instead of the correct denomination of Hong Kong dollars" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 2/15).
REJECTED CLAIMS: In Sydney, Walter reported ASADA officials have rejected claims by North Queensland Cowboys CEO Peter Jourdain that "the club or any North Queensland player involved in the investigation into performance-enhancing drugs had been cleared." An ASADA official said, "At no point has ASADA indicated to clubs or players that individuals are cleared of any wrongdoing, or that teams have no case to answer. ASADA welcomes the ongoing commitment expressed by the sports and clubs to fully cooperate with its investigation" (SMH, 2/15). In Sydney, Brent Read reported Jourdain also revealed that he would speak to club Dir Trevor Cowling -- a lawyer -- "over whether the Cowboys could seek recourse for the damage caused by events of recent days." Jourdain said, "We have been asked to cooperate with the investigation and provide information. We have done that both verbally and formally." He added: "I will say we're entitled to feel a little aggrieved by the process. I am not sure why it needed to be so public" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 2/15).