Anti-drug, crime plan for New Zealand sport

TRACY WATKINS
Last updated 18:15 29/11/2013
Murray McCully
Fairfax NZ
TAKING ACTION: Sports Minister Murray McCully.

Related Links

Lindsey Vonn back on slope after injury setback Cyclist van Uden claims Tour of Sharjah victory America's Cup veteran to head Aussie syndicate NZ's playoff hopes at variance at world champs Petrea Webster is Black Sticks' big improver

Relevant offers

Other Sports

New York Rangers send NHL Eastern Conference finals series to decider Kiwi heavyweight Joseph Parker gets some advice from Mike Tyson Nice guy Richie McCaw has no time for blaming referees over Crusaders' woes Coach Anthony Peden praises sprint cycling team before their trip to USA and Europe Usain Bolt wins 200m, Asafa Powell the 100m Anaheim Ducks beat Chicago Blackhawks to take lead in NHL Western Conference finals New Zealand track cyclists head to Australia When artificial intelligence bot Claudico takes on poker pros, all bets are off Quiz: Test your sports knowledge - May 26 Jono Hailstone to lead NZ para-cycling programme, succeeding Brendon Cameron

The Government is creating a high-powered agency to guard against organised crime and drugs in sport.

The agency will include police, the Serious Fraud Office, the Organised Financial Crime Agency and the New Zealand Olympic Committee.

However, the Government has ruled out an investigation similar to an Australian government inquiry that found widespread use of banned drugs in Australian professional sport and links with organised crime.

In a statement today, Sport and Recreation Minister Murray McCully said a confidential report found no evidence of systemic use of performance-enhancing substances or the involvement of organised crime in New Zealand sport.

He refused to release the report, saying it contained sensitive information provided by the Australian Crime Commission.

It would be naive to think New Zealand was insulated from the problems identified in Australia and that was why it was taking pre-emptive steps to safeguard New Zealand's athletes and "clean sporting reputation", McCully said.

Among the concerns raised by the report were the international black market for performance and image-enhancing drugs, such as peptides. Such drugs were being intercepted by New Zealand Customs and Medsafe, largely due to their use by the body building and body beautiful industries.

In 2012 consignments of suspected prescription medicines had been intercepted by Customs, including about 200 consignments of performance and image-enhancing drugs.

McCully said a senior officials inter-agency group had been established to "collectively lead and co-ordinate the response to risks to the integrity of New Zealand.

The group would coordinate the response to risks to the integrity of New Zealand sport, including doping, match-fixing, and any criminal involvement in sport or other corrupt activity.

Ad Feedback

- Fairfax Media

Special offers
Opinion poll

Will Shane Cameron beat Kali Meehan on Saturday?

For sure. Cameron will knock him out.

It will be close but I think Cameron on points.

Meehan will knock him out. This is his last fight.

I'm tipping Meehan to win on points.

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content