Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Medicos May Go Quiet on Drug Use

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Medicos May Go Quiet on Drug Use

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FOOTBALL: Medical officers with sports clubs in both major football codes may not be reporting playersCO illicit drug use to authorities, a Senate inquiry was told yesterday.

The Senate inquiry into the practice of sports science in Australia heard from the Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports during the hearing.

Coalition executive director Malcolm Speed represented both the National Rugby League and Australian Football League at the inquiry.

He said while both major codes were working on improving accountability in relation to supplements used by players, there were still C[pounds sterling]grey areasC[yen].

Mr Speed said both codes were working to improve accountability and to strengthen rules to include the chief executives and boards of professional sports clubs.

Asked about the use of illicit drugs such as cocaine by players, Mr Speed said it was a known issue, particularly within the AFL.

C[pounds sterling]The AFL is the one that gets the most attention. …

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