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Australia Sport: Drugs And Crime 'Rife'
The use of performance enhancing drugs is "widespread" among professional and amateur athletes in Australia, according to a government report.
The report was the result of a one-year probe by Australia's leading criminal intelligence organisation into the use of drugs, both performance enhancing and recreational, as well as the association of organised crime with the trade.
"The findings are shocking and they will disgust Australian sports fans," home affairs minister Jason Clare said at a news conference to announce the release of the report.
"(It) has found the use of substances, including peptides, hormones and illicit drugs, is widespread amongst professional athletes.
"We are talking about multiple athletes across a number of codes. We're talking about a number of teams.
"The findings indicate the drugs are being facilitated by sports scientists, coaches, support staff as well as doctors and pharmacists.
"In some cases sports scientists and others are orchestrating the doping of entire teams. In some case players are being administered substances which have not yet been approved for human use."
The report said that organised crime was involved in the distribution of the drugs, which exposes players to the possibility of being co-opted into match-fixing, Mr Clare added.
One such case had been identified and was being investigated, he said, although he did not identify which code was involved.