Gillard 'sickened' by sports doping

TRACY WATKINS
Last updated 18:01 08/02/2013

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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard says she finds it “sickening” that Australian sporting prowess might have been fuelled by performance enhancing drugs.

Speaking shortly after her arrival  in New Zealand this afternoon, Gillard said she would brief her New Zealand counterpart John Key this weekend on the Australian investigation that uncovered the dopiing scandal.

“Prime Minister Key of course can have a briefing; on the question of the things revealed yesterday… all sports fans including me find this pretty sickening.

‘‘We are people who go and sit at grounds or watch sport on TV and marvel at amazing sporting prowess. We cheer on the deeds. And the sense that anything we’ve seen has actually been fuelled by banned substances I think would be pretty sickening for sports fans. It’s pretty sickening for me.”

Sport Minister Murray McCully today announced he had charged three Crown entities with evaluating the need for a national doping probe in New Zealand.

In a statement, McCully confirmed he has asked Sport New Zealand, High Performance Sport New Zealand and Drug Free Sport New Zealand to pick through the Australian Crime Commission's damning report into drugs in sport and organised crime, wary of potential New Zealand "implications".

McCully said the outcome of the Australian document needed to be taken seriously in this country and urged a need for vigilance.

All three sport-related entities have also been invited to consult the New Zealand Olympic Committee.

"I have asked Sport New Zealand, High Performance Sport NZ and Drug Free Sport NZ to report back to me on the implications of the Australian Crime Commission report released yesterday.’’

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