In the wake of the Lance Armstrong thing, one which is hardly likely to cause waves around the world is the Australian Football League, a billion dollar operation which could see huge ramifications to this:
The investigation into Essendon’s use of supplements will prompt discussions among conditioning staff at other clubs and is likely to lift the pressure on players to question any substance they are given.
As the league came to grips with the drug scandal engulfing Essendon, Geelong insisted it had nothing to hide, while Port Adelaide confirmed two recruits – former Dons Angus Monfries and Henry Slattery – would also be drawn into the investigation.
Clubs on Wednesday confirmed their players used supplements to aid recovery and preparation before games but few were prepared to outline exactly what players took. All insisted players never signed waivers beforehand, as has been alleged at Essendon.
Richmond coach Damien Hardwick said he would discuss the issue with his club’s conditioning staff. ”We’ll certainly have a conversation, there’s no doubt,” he said.
The implications are the same in every sport – at a time when players are producing superhuman performances, how they get those performances is a question which won’t go away. And quite apart from the competitive edge, the sports’ ruling bodies are extending seasons to make more money.
I’m not one of those who fashionably poo-pooh sport but equally, this sort of thing brings us back to the same old dilemma again, no?