ASADA reports to the Minister for Sport, Senator the Hon. Kate Lundy [external link].
7 February 2013
JOINT MEDIA RELEASE
THE HON. JASON CLARE MP
MINISTER FOR HOME AFFAIRS
MINISTER FOR JUSTICE
SENATOR THE HON KATE LUNDY
MINISTER FOR SPORT
MINISTER FOR MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS
MINISTER ASSISTING FOR INDUSTRY AND INNOVATION
The Australian Crime Commission today released the findings of a 12-month investigation into the integrity of Australian sport and the relationship between professional sporting bodies, prohibited substances and organised crime.
In response the Gillard Government together with Australia’s major professional sports have announced tough new measures to crack down on the use of performance enhancing drugs and unethical behaviour in sport.
The Australian Crime Commission investigation (codenamed Project Aperio) was supported by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) and the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).
Four key areas were examined:
The investigation identified widespread use of prohibited substances including peptides, hormones and illicit drugs in professional sport.
It also found that this use has been facilitated by sports scientists, high-performance coaches and sports staff.
In some cases, players are being administered with substances that have not yet been approved for human use.
The ACC also identified organised crime identities and groups that are involved in the distribution of PIEDs to athletes and professional sports staff.
The ACC report notes increasing evidence of personal relationships of concern between professional athletes and organised criminal identities and groups. This may have resulted in match fixing and the fraudulent manipulation of betting markets.
“The Australian Crime Commission has found that professional sport in Australia is highly vulnerable to infiltration by organised crime,” Mr Clare said.
“Multiple athletes from a number of clubs in major Australian sporting codes are suspected of currently using or having previously used peptides, potentially constituting anti-doping rule violations. Officials from clubs have also been identified as administering, via injections and intravenous drips, a variety of substances.”
The report concluded that some coaches, sports scientists and support staff of elite athletes have orchestrated and/or condoned the use of prohibited substances. Some sports scientists have indicated a preparedness to administer substances to elite athletes which are untested or not yet approved for human use.
The Australian Crime Commission also found that illicit drug use by professional athletes is more prevalent than previously indicated in official sports drug testing program statistics.
The work the Australian Crime Commission has done has confirmed that organised crime has a tangible and expanding role in the provision of prohibited substances to professional athletes, and this is facilitated by some coaches and support staff.
The Australian Crime Commission has referred its findings in relation to suspected criminal activity to relevant law enforcement agencies including the Australian Federal Police and all State and Territory Police Forces.
ASADA and other regulatory agencies will undertake additional investigations on the basis of the Crime Commission findings.
Responding to the report Senator Lundy said all sports have committed to work with the Government, the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) and law enforcement agencies to restore community confidence in sport.
“This week the Government introduced legislation to strengthen ASADA’s powers to enable the full and unhindered investigation of these issues,” Senator Lundy said.
“If persons of interest refuse to cooperate with ASADA investigations they will be liable for civil penalties.
“To support these new powers I have doubled the investigative resources at ASADA to ensure athletes and support staff who are involved in unethical behaviour will be scrutinised.
“In addition, I will be discussing with State and Territory Sports Minister’s measures which we can implement to further strengthen the National Integrity of Sport Unit.”
Senator Lundy issued a warning to sports administrators, medical officers, support staff and athletes that staying silent is no longer an option.
Australia’s major professional sports are equally as committed to stamp out doping and will:
All members of the Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports (COMPPS) have received confidential, classified briefings.
The Australian Government is proud to provide almost $13 million annually to ASADA to assist them in their fight against doping in sport.
The Australian Crime Commission report Organised Crime and Drugs in Sport can be found at www.crimecommission.gov.au
16 October 2012
Minister for Sport Kate Lundy and Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Justice Jason Clare today announced a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) and the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) to protect the integrity of sport.
Senator Lundy said under the terms of the new MoU, ASADA and the ACC will now be able to more efficiently share intelligence and work collaboratively to investigate allegations of doping in sport.
“Following the extraordinary revelations of sophisticated doping uncovered by the United States Anti-Doping Agency, Australians can be reassured that the Gillard Government remains focused on eradicating organised doping in sport,” Senator Lundy said.
“There is no place for doping in sport - put simply, doping is cheating.
“Doping undermines the integrity of sport by unfairly disadvantaging honest athletes and it trashes the spirit of fair play and competition which is prized by spectators and participants.
“There’s nothing sporting about doping. It only cheats the sports fans and the athletes that are playing by the rules.
“Australia has always been a pioneer and world leader in the global effort to stamp out doping in sport and this new agreement will continue to ensure fairness and integrity is upheld.”
Minister Clare said the joint agreement to share intelligence would protect the integrity of Australian sport.
“Around the globe we are seeing evidence that the criminal world is infiltrating sport and influencing results.
“Sport is an important part of the Australian way of life. Intelligence sharing between the ACC and ASADA will help stop the criminals and drug cheats who think they can beat the system,” Mr Clare said.
The incorporation of investigations and intelligence capabilities into ASADA’s legislation in 2006 mean that it has the ability to conduct comprehensive investigations into allegations of doping in Australian sport.
Since 2006, about one-third of Australian athletes entered onto the Register of Findings for an anti-doping rule violation were caught as a direct result of ASADA’s intelligence and investigations capability.
ASADA is Australia’s national anti-doping organisation and offers one of the most fully integrated anti-doping frameworks in the world. Its work involves sample collection, education, investigation, presentation of cases at hearings, sanction recommendations and the development, approval and monitoring of sporting organisations’ anti-doping policies.
The ACC has the primary responsibility for combating nationally significant organised crime in Australia. It works with its partners across law enforcement, national security, government and industry— delivering national criminal intelligence and specialised investigative capabilities. The ACC’s work provides a unique and valuable understanding of serious and organised crime, necessary to identify, disrupt and prevent the threats of most harm to the community.
3 July 2012
The Minister for Sport, Kate Lundy, today launched the Athlete Biological Passport program to track and chart the biological attributes of athletes and further enhance the integrity of Australian sport.
The program will be implemented by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) as part of its testing program and will be instrumental to detect signs of doping in sport.
The Athlete Biological Passport uses the latest anti-doping technology to produce an electronic record of an individual athlete’s biological attributes, developed over a period of time from multiple blood samples.
Senator Lundy said that the Athlete Biological Passport will mean Australia is using the best available methods to ensure fairness is upheld on our nation’s sporting fields and Australian athletes are clean when they compete around the world.
“The Australian Government is committed to eradicating doping in sport and the biological passport will be an effective tool in the fight against doping, improving our ability to target athletes who may cheat,” Senator Lundy said.
“There is no place for drug cheats in sport and the biological passport will be an important program to protect the integrity of sport and stamp out drug cheats.
“The addition of the Athlete Biological Passport to ASADA’s range of detection tools reflects Australia’s zero-tolerance approach to doping and our commitment to upholding the integrity of sport.
“The passport program will make it harder for drug cheats to get away with taking performance enhancing drugs undetected over the course of their careers.
“As well as further enhancing the integrity of Australian sport, the biological passport will move the international sporting community closer to a level playing field, allowing for easier global monitoring of athletes.”
The Athlete Biological Passport differs from traditional detection methods by looking at the effects of blood doping rather than detecting the prohibited substances or methods.
Senator Lundy said the Athlete Biological Passport will initially be focused at elite athletes, but any Australian athlete in ASADA’s testing jurisdiction may be passport tested.
ASADA will be working closely with athletes and sporting organisation to ensure they are fully informed about the changes.
8 May 2012
Minister for Sport Senator Kate Lundy said the Federal Government will continue to invest in the future of sport in Australia by providing funding to boost community participation and help our elite athletes reach their full potential.
“Sport is a powerful platform for inclusion and funding for sport is an investment in the future health and prosperity of the Australian community,” Senator Lundy said.
“Sport encourages people to join in, get active and get involved by driving participation and fostering strong community connections.
“The Gillard Government is committed to supporting both community and elite sport and this year’s Budget continues to provide funding to encourage grassroots participation and help our athletes achieve national and international excellence.”
Senator Lundy said the 2012-13 Budget includes more than $120 million in funding to promote community participation and continue a suite of successful national programs that engage the community.
“By investing in community participation programs, the Government is harnessing the power of sport to strengthen communities and encourage Australians to lead active lives,” Senator Lundy said.
Australia’s elite athletes will also benefit from the Government’s commitment to high performance sport with approximately $170 million in the 2012-13 Budget dedicated to ensure Australia can continue to pursue sporting excellence.
“The achievements of our elite athletes inspire all Australians to join in, play and participate in sport,” Senator Lundy said.
“Australia has a proud international sporting record and our investment in innovative high performance sport programs can help add to that record.
“This year’s budget continues to direct funding to support our elite athletes and help drive Australia’s continued success on the international stage.”
The key highlights in the 2012-13 Budget for sport include:
Senator Lundy said the Gillard Government was proud to support Australian sport in the 2012-13 Budget and deliver funding to support the full spectrum of sport from community to elite competitions.
“Sport is an integral part of Australian life and funding for sport benefits all Australians from the grassroots to the elite level,” Senator Lundy concluded.
16 February 2012
Minister for Sport Mark Arbib today announced Australian athletes attempting to qualify for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games would face the most comprehensive anti-doping program Australia has ever put together for a major sporting event.
Senator Arbib said the Government through the Australian Sports Anti-doping Authority (ASADA) would invest more than $1 million in the word-class Pure Performance program to conduct more than 1000 blood and urine tests across Olympic and Paralympic athletes in the lead up to London.
“The Australian Government is committed to supporting Australia’s Olympic and Paralympic teams achieve great results in London,” Senator Arbib said.
“With five months to the London Games we want to ensure that our athletes belong to a culture free from doping, where performance is based on an athlete’s talent, determination, courage and honesty.
“Pure Performance is a world-leading anti-doping program that will give our athletes the confidence to proudly compete drug-free on the world stage.
“We don't want doping cheats to tarnish the great contribution that sport makes to our nation. Athletes who dope risk their health, risk their careers, and risk their reputation.
“We want to be able to look upon our athletes wearing the green and gold in London with pride knowing they‘ve undergone rigorous anti-doping testing.”
The Australian Government is investing $170 million in high performance sport, including the Australian Institute of Sport, to ensure Australia’s elite athletes are supported in the lead-up to the London Games.
Senator Arbib said the Australian Government owed it to the Australian public to protect this investment and the integrity of sport by ensuring that Australia has in place a world-leading anti-doping program.
“Internationally the net is tightening on doping cheats and athletes can be assured that the Australian Government is doing everything possible to protect their right to compete on an even playing field.”
ASADA’s chief executive Aurora Andruska said ASADA would apply more than 20 years of anti-doping experience to coordinate programs that deterred doping. This includes the best ASADA has to offer in the areas of testing; investigations and intelligence; education and awareness raising; and enforcement.
“We have given our assurance to the government, and the Australian Olympic and Paralympic Committees that we will provide athletes heading to London with the most comprehensive anti-doping program. This means testing anytime and anyplace, including overseas,” Ms Andruska said.
“The Olympic oath sworn by all competitors pledges a commitment to a sport without doping and without drugs.
“For Australian athletes to be true to the Olympic oath, ASADA will deliver pre-Games anti-doping programs that I believe are world’s best practice.”
Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) President John Coates AC said ASADA’s Pure Performance Program had the AOC’S full backing.
“These tests will be part of a global effort to weed out the cheats before and during the London 2012 Games,” Mr Coates said.
“The AOC is not embarrassed when a doping cheat is uncovered. It proves the testing and the other procedures in place are working. Our policy has not changed - it is one of zero tolerance.”
Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) President Greg Hartung said it was fitting that the 2012 Australian Paralympic Team, the largest ever sent by the APC to a Paralympic Games overseas, would be provided with Australia’s largest ever anti-doping program.
“The APC fiercely protects the rights of all Australian Paralympic athletes to compete in doping-free sport, and acknowledges ASADA’s ongoing commitment to detect, deter and prevent doping in sport,” Mr Hartung said.
13 August 2011
Australia and the United Kingdom have reached an historic agreement uniting the intelligence and investigation strengths of two of the world’s leading anti-doping organisations to protect the integrity of sport.
Federal Minister for Sport Mark Arbib today announced the signing of the agreement between the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) and UK Anti-Doping.
Senator Arbib said the agreement would harness the intelligence and investigations capabilities of the two organisations to greatly improve global anti-doping efforts.
“This agreement goes beyond information-sharing, it provides a framework for the organisations to use their combined expertise to assess doping issues and trends and work out how to best deal with them,” Senator Arbib said.
“It will allow ASADA to work with UK Anti-Doping on their testing programs and support anti-doping investigations, which can catch cheats who haven’t recorded a positive test.
“This arrangement will make it even harder for athletes to hide if they are doping.
“I am very pleased that we have this agreement in place in the lead up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to support efforts being made globally to catch cheats before, during, and after the Games.
“The net is tightening on doping cheats, and athletes can be assured that everything possible is being done to protect their right to compete in sport played fairly and where all players are giving their best.”
Under the agreement UK Anti-Doping could potentially advise ASADA that a new performanceenhancing substance is being used in the UK.
ASADA could then apply new technology to retrospectively analyse an Australian athlete’s sample stored in their long-term storage facility or introduce warnings into their education program.
UK Sport and Olympics Minister Hugh Robertson said drug cheats had no place in sport and it was important to do everything possible to ensure that they don’t reach the start line.
“Sharing information, intelligence and best practice is crucial to help us in that fight and take a unified global approach. This agreement between UK Anti-Doping and ASADA will do exactly that,” Mr Robertson said.
“We are taking a no-compromise, zero tolerance approach to doping at London 2012 and this partnership will strengthen our efforts in the run up to hosting the greatest sporting show on earth.”
ASADA Chief Executive Officer Aurora Andruska said Australia had been at the forefront of antidoping efforts for the past two decades and this agreement with UK Anti-Doping was another example of how united the world had become to eradicate doping in sport.
“Whether it is importation issues, using intelligence for testing programs, or detecting doping trends in sports played by both countries, this agreement is a catalyst for ensuring pure performance,” Ms Andruska said.
“There are many athletes from Australia and the UK who now train and compete in both countries, so we owe it to them to have this inter-agency arrangement in place.
“The world is becoming smaller and we need to become smarter in what we do, so I believe a global intelligence-led approach to catching cheats is the way of the future in anti-doping.”
UK Anti-Doping Chief Executive Andy Parkinson said the Memorandum of Understanding allows UK Anti-Doping to strengthen its intelligence-led approach.
“To tackle the problem of doping in sport, we must work collaboratively and on a global scale. This latest Memorandum of Understanding is a significant addition to our intelligence sharing capabilities in the countdown to 2012 and beyond,” Mr Parkinson said.
“By using an intelligence-led approach in all aspects of our anti-doping programmes, the UK and Australia stand a greater chance of deterring those tempted to dope and of catching those who do. I have great confidence in the impact we will have in the next year, particularly as a result of such partnerships.”
Since 2006, about one-third of Australian athletes entered onto the Register of Findings for an anti-doping rule violation were caught as a direct result of ASADA’s intelligence and investigations capability.
The agreement will complement ASADA’s other domestic information-sharing relationships with government law enforcement bodies, non-government agencies and sporting administration bodies.
23 May 2011
Minister for Sport Mark Arbib today announced appointments to the first advisory group to the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA).
This is the first full panel to act as a consultative forum for ASADA's CEO on matters relating to deterring, detecting and enforcing doping issues in sport.
Accomplished sports lawyer, Mr Brian Ward OAM will Chair the Advisory Group whose members include:
Senator Arbib said each member of the Advisory Group had earned the utmost respect within their chosen field and their knowledge and experience would serve ASADA well into the future.
“The group is made up of experts in the areas of the law, sport, health, law enforcement and education,” Senator Arbib said.
“It will play an important part in further strengthening Australia’s anti-doping efforts which serve to protect the integrity of sport and the health of our athletes.
“The Australian Government, through ASADA, aims to develop a sporting culture free from doping in which performance is based on an athlete’s talent, determination, courage and honesty.”
ASADA is Australia’s national anti-doping organisation and offers the most fully integrated anti-doping framework in the world. Its work involves sample collection, education, investigation, presentation of cases at hearings, sanction recommendations and the development, approval and monitoring of sporting organisations’ anti-doping policies.
10 March 2011
The global effort to eliminate doping from sport has been given a boost following the completion of the first international anti-doping intelligence course run by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA).
Minister for Sport Mark Arbib said anti-doping agencies from Qatar, Singapore and Japan were given special insight into how ASADA uses intelligence to maximise the detection of possible anti-doping rule violations.
They were also advised of the importance of information sharing between anti-doping authorities and law enforcement agencies.
“The Australian Government wants to play our part towards building the anti-doping capacity of other countries so when Australian athletes travel overseas to compete they do so on an equal footing,” Senator Arbib said.
“There is increasing evidence that doping in sport is becoming more sophisticated and remains a real threat to the integrity of sport around the world.
“Using intelligence to catch drug cheats is the way of the future in anti-doping and to help achieve a world-wide harmonised approach to anti-doping we are delighted to share what we have learnt in this area with the international anti-doping community.
“Australia has been at the forefront of the fight against drug cheats for the past two decades and Australia’s John Fahey is the current president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).”
ASADA Chief Executive Officer Aurora Andruska said ASADA focused on acquiring intelligence from a number of sources, including law enforcement agencies, to complement its more traditional testing program and to assist with its investigations of non-analytical cases.
Ms Andruska said ASADA’s anti-doping program involved a range of information-gathering strategies to support efforts to prove the use, possession and trafficking of prohibited substances.
“Not everyone would be aware that in Australia during 2009–10 about a third of the athletes banned from sport for doping violations were caught without ever returning a positive result on a traditional doping test, and intelligence played a key role in that,” Ms Andruska said.
“Other athletes caught by a traditional doping test may also have been target-tested based on intelligence received from other agencies.”
Yeo Say Po, General Manager of Anti-Doping Singapore said Australia was very sophisticated in the use of intelligence in anti-doping and that the information shared in the course had been invaluable.
“Intelligence has increasingly become a critical feature of effective anti-doping activities in all countries and this type of course is vital as we implement international best practice into our own testing program,” she said.
31 May 2010
A hard-hitting poster showing an athlete injecting a prohibited substance is at the centre of a new anti-doping awareness campaign launched today by the Minister for Sport, Kate Ellis.
This new campaign by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) targets both up-and-coming and elite athletes with the message: You can never win your reputation back.
“This confronting poster sends the important message to athletes that doping is never okay and that your reputation, once lost, is something you can never get back,” Ms Ellis said.
“Doping can ruin an athlete’s health but it can be just as damaging for an athlete’s reputation and ultimately has the potential to end careers.”
Ms Ellis met with elite athletes who have thrown their support behind the campaign at Parliament House this morning.
Olympic and World Champion rower Amber Halliday, Western Bulldogs star Robert Murphy and Paralympic swimmer and world record holder Matthew Cowdrey have all been named as Campaign Ambassadors.
Ms Halliday, who has moved into cycling following her rowing career, agreed that the campaign message had to be spread at a grassroots level.
“I can relate to the pressure young athletes are under while trying to carve out a career in sport,” Ms Halliday said.
“This campaign highlights the fact that no matter how good athletes get—no matter how many races they win or goals they score—it will all come crashing down if they have cheated through doping.”
The Australian Government, through ASADA, aims to develop a sporting culture free from doping in which performance is based on an athlete’s talent determination, courage and honesty.
To achieve this, the Government works to provide a comprehensive anti-doping program for the Australian sports community, encompassing deterrence, detection and enforcement activities.
ASADA has developed its campaign based on research that shows reputation is a major concern for athletes when contemplating doping.
The You can never win your reputation back campaign will run through June and July and encourages everyone involved in sport to visit www.asada.gov.au and find out more about the risks and repercussions of doping.
“We want to remind athletes that this risk is real and that doping in sport is simply not worth it,” Ms Ellis said.
Schools or local sporting organisations that are interested in ordering posters for
display in classrooms and/or change rooms should call the ASADA Hotline on 13
000 ASADA (13 000 27232). Any Australian can play their part and stamp out
doping by confidentially reporting suspicious doping activity to 13 000 ASADA
(13 000 27232).
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28 April 2010
The Minister for Sport Kate Ellis has announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive for the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.
Ms Aurora Andruska will soon take the reins of the Authority, under a new governance structure introduced earlier this year.
Ms Andruska is presently the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Centrelink and will bring extensive public service and corporate governance experience to ASADA.
“Ms Andruska has the experience and skills that ASADA needs to maintain Australia’s reputation as an international leader in the fight against drugs in sport,” Ms Ellis said.
ASADA is at the centre of anti-doping efforts in Australian sport, using its education programs, drug testing, investigations and enforcement to deter and detect drug cheats.
“Ms Andruska is an outstanding leader with a strong track record of building positive relationships and achieving results,” Ms Ellis said.
Ms Andruska said she’s delighted to have the opportunity to work with the sporting community and lead the ASADA team.
“The 30 years plus experience I have in the public sector will stand me in good stead to meet the challenge of maintaining the integrity of Australian sport,” Ms Andruska said.
“Under my leadership the community, athletes and sports organisations can have confidence that ASADA is keeping Australian sport on a level playing field,” she said.
Ms Andruska takes over from Richard Ings. Since 2005, Mr Ings has served as the CEO of the former Australian Sports Drug Agency, the Chair of ASADA and the CEO of ASADA.
“I thank Mr Ings for his leadership through this period of growth and transition for Australia’s peak anti-sports doping agency. I wish him well in his future pursuits,” Ms Ellis said.
Ms Andruska’s three year appointment starts on 10 May.
The CEO of ASADA is the statutory office holder responsible for administering the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Act 2006. Last year, the Parliament passed amendments to strengthen the Act, which took effect this year.
The amendments reflect the recommendations of the independent review of ASADA in late
2008 and provide new structural and governance arrangements to ensure the efficacy of
ASADA's anti-doping programs. The changes also allow a new independent Anti-Doping
Rule Violation Panel.
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18 November 2009
Minister for Sport Kate Ellis today launched the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority’s (ASADA) new website, which features an online tool to help athletes check medications.
“Australia has an international reputation of taking a tough stance against performance enhancing drugs in sport. This website is another way we’re promoting that message and educating Australian sportspeople,” Ms Ellis said.
The new online resources will help Australian athletes, doctors, coaches and support personnel to anonymously and immediately find out if their medications and substances are permitted or prohibited in sport.
These resources will give Australian athletes, and international athletes visiting Australia, the means to feel confident about what they put into their bodies.
“We know that understanding what is and isn’t allowed can be confusing for some athletes and the people who advise them. This is a way we’re educating and informing sportspeople so that they can make well-informed decisions,” Ms Ellis said.
“In the run up to major international sporting events like the Winter Olympics and Commonwealth Games, it’s the perfect time to talk about the importance of staying informed about doping.”
The latest survey of athletes, support personnel and national sporting organisations, showed that the ASADA website is the most popular way to receive anti-doping information and 77% favoured the Internet for checking drug information.
Ms Ellis said that ASADA had listened to athletes and the sporting industry who wanted a simpler, easier and more accessible way to get reliable anti-doping information.
“The new-look website caters for our younger tech-savvy athletes who are at an age where getting the anti-doping message is important,” Ms Ellis said.
“ASADA’s investment in new technology shows its commitment to meeting the changing needs of athletes and the sporting industry now and into the future.”