The head of the World Anti-Doping Authority believes New
Zealand sports bodies have to take a closer look at their
operations in the wake of the Australian Crime Commission's
Australian sport finds itself in an unprecedented maelstrom
after authorities this week released their report blowing the
lid on the widespread drug use in their major sporting codes
and the involvement of organised crime.
The shockwaves will reverberate for months as criminal
investigations are launched into various sports, teams and
individuals. The Commission has been criticised in some
quarters - most notably by league identity Phil Gould - for
the lack of detail in the report, but it is inevitable there
will be a fund of names and teams that will be drip-fed to
the public in the coming weeks.
Although New Zealand's professional sporting franchises and
organisations have rushed to distance themselves from the
Australian controversy, Wada director general David Howman
said it would be naive to assume the same could not happen in
''I think the attitude will change as a result of this, I
don't think there'll be too much of a laissez faire sort of
approach, or the attitude that we're the good guys and
everyone else is bad. And I hope New Zealand has the same
sort of outlook and checks that there is nothing like this
going on in New Zealand.
''What you've got [in Australia] is an entrenched underworld
working away into professional sports. Could that happen in
New Zealand? I don't know, but I think it needs to be checked
to see if it's going on or not.''
NZRU medical director Ian Murphy, believes New Zealand's
biggest sports are on top of the problem, ''but we never take
it for granted''.
There is little doubt that our professional sports operate on
the cutting edge of sports science, but Murphy said the NZRU
do not approach the line, let alone cut it in terms of