Racing Victoria Calls For Help On Cheats As Sport's Image Takes A Hit
Racing's rulers "have denied suggestions they are losing control following a series of damaging claims about drug use, race fixing and criminal involvement in the industry," according to Michael Lynch of THE AGE. But they accept that racing's image "is taking a hit -- unfairly, they insist -- as a series of revelations that strike to the core of the sector's integrity continue to issue from media, insiders and police." Racing authorities said on Tuesday that "they wanted to take tougher, swifter action to weed out cheats and any criminal element infiltrating the industry, but their hands were tied unless information uncovered by police in a criminal investigation can be given to racing authorities." Racing Victoria Integrity Operations Manager Dayle Brown said, "We need the co-operation of the enforcement bodies so we can act, but we have been stymied from getting access to this information" (THE AGE, 5/15).