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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2219

Will anyone care to watch anymore?

By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh

The use of banned drugs in Australian professional sport is ‘widespread’, a year-long investigation has revealed.

The Australian Crime Commission (ACC) has said scientists, coaches and support staff were involved in the provision of drugs across multiple sporting codes, without naming any individuals. It is reported that in some cases, the drugs were supplied by organized crime syndicates.

Australian Home Affairs minister has said the findings were shocking and will disgust Australian sports fans.

We are sure that not only the Australian fans but this has shaken the entire sports fans world over.

We are also certain that Australian sportsmen are not alone in this and if similar investigations are held in other countries we will have stunning news. Who thought the American cyclist Armstrong would have cheated the sports fans for seven-long years.

Australia were over performers in most sports by a big way let it be cricket, rugby, tennis, swimming or athletic. When a country keeps dominating in a certain field we take it for granted for its supremacy in a particular sport.

In the meantime, there is another ‘bombshell’ let out about match-fixing, running into thousands of cases, where the results were fixed.

This involves number of countries and clubs, mostly in football. It is sad to note that the focus in this connection was right through out, in the past, on Asian and African sportsmen whether it is doping or match-fixing but the new revelations have exposed where the real culprits are from – the ‘civilized world’.

However, we are thankful for those, who made this exposure, otherwise any fixtures of sports will take place for just vacant seats – no spectators to watch!

- Asian Tribune -

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