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Volume 6 No. 212

Leagues and Governing Bodies

The Australian Institute of Sport said that it has been "compelled to 'take the lead' in restoring the integrity of sport following the drugs crises that have engulfed" the National Rugby League and Australian Football League, according to Roje Adaimy of the AAP. The institute "has invited representatives from various sporting organisations to Canberra on Wednesday for a two-day national summit on medications and supplements." The event "will focus on developing a policy framework around best practice in sports medicine that ensures athlete safety." AIS Chief Medical Officer David Hughes said that "the inaugural summit was organised following concerns arising from the Australian Crime Commission's landmark drugs in sport report handed down earlier this year." Hughes: "There's certainly been a little bit of concern across the high performance sports sector after the ACC report. All sporting organizations were probably looking at the revelations and asking, 'Could my organization possibly be caught up in something like this?'" (AAP, 10/1).

Former Australian cricketer Mike Hussey said that Gurunath Meiyappan ran Indian Premier League side Chennai Super Kings in "comments that could add fuel to a spot-fixing scandal," according to the AFP. Meiyappan, the son-in-law of Board of Control for Cricket in India President N. Srinivasan, "has been charged by Mumbai police with forgery, cheating, criminal conspiracy, breach of contract and handing critical team information to alleged bookmakers." Srinivasan, however, "under fire for a family member’s alleged involvement in the scandal," has maintained that Meiyappan was only a "cricket enthusiast." Hussey, who has been "part of the Chennai Super Kings franchise" since the Twenty20 competition’s first edition in '08, asserted in his "new autobiography Underneath the Southern Cross that Meiyappan was running the team" (AFP, 10/1).

Spain's Education, Culture & Sports Minister José Ignacio Wert met with and congratulated Spain's national roller hockey team on Monday, following the team's fifth consecutive world championship, which it won Saturday in Angola. Wert said, "We have softened Spanish tax authority Minister Cristobal Montoro's heart. Montoro said that there will be a very important financial increase for Spain's roller hockey team next year. You all have made a sport with limited media attention be taken into account" (EFE, 9/30). ... Former Australian Football League player Dermott Brereton claimed that the Sydney Swans "are using their cost-of-living allowance to chase star forwards such as Lance Franklin rather than assist the entire playing list with household costs" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 10/2). ... Hong Kong Jockey Club stewards "will be armed with harsher penalties when they crack down on jockey safety, starting at today's National Day meeting at Sha Tin." Stipendiary stewards "cited careless riding charges that had reached 'unacceptable' levels in recent seasons as the catalyst for change" (SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST, 10/1). ... All India Football Federation President Praful Patel "has stated that he hopes the planned Indian Premier League-style tournament will serve to drive viewers and investment back to the Indian game." The competition modeled on cricket’s hugely successful IPL "has yet to receive a name, but is due to launch in January" (SOCCEREX, 10/1). ... South Africa's cricket players "would like to see an 'urgent engagement'" between their board, Cricket South Africa, and its Indian counterpart, the Board of Control for Cricket in India, "to resolve fixtures over this summer's India series" (PAKISTAN TODAY, 10/1). ... Indonesian athletes "received a much-needed boost" as the state-owned Enterprises Ministry "signed an agreement with the National Sports Committee to fund their preparation for upcoming multi-sport events, including the Southeast Asian Games to be hosted in Myanmar at the end of this year" (JAKARTA GLOBE, 10/1).