The latest news to arise from the Australian sporting drug scandal are reports state sports ministers have told the Australian Crime Commission that credible evidence exists that leading sport figures are using performance enhancing and illicit drugs.
Political pressure resulting from the recent ACC report into drugs in Australian sport resulted in an ACC brief presented to federal Sports Minister Kate Lundry in Melbourne on Thursday night.
The ACC claimed in the meeting that there was “credible evidence of performance enhancing and illicit drugs use in sport, particularly in the major football codes,” according to NSW sports minster Graham Annesley, who was in attendance.
"It was put to me that there are people moving through the codes promoting the use of those products,'' said Annesley.
Until now, the ACC has kept a lid on the names of all people involved in their nationwide investigation.
State ministers are concerned the recent drug scandal will affect not only youngsters being encouraged to get into sport, but sponsors as well.
Essendon, the team involved at the centre of drug use allegations, will almost certainly be found guilty of breaching AFL anti-doping rules.
The claim by a former player that the squad was given intravenous shots would find the club guilty of an AFL code that states intravenous infusions are "prohibited except for those legitimately received in the course of hospital admissions or clinical investigations".
Essendon players allegedly received intravenous drips last season.
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