Australia battles sports doping fallout, agencies urged cheats to come clean
SYDNEY (AFP) - Doping agencies urged Australian cheats to come clean on Friday as concern mounted that everyone has been tarred with the same brush after a probe pointed to widespread drug use in professional sport.
The bombshell Australian Crime Commission inquiry, which said use of prohibited substances including peptides, hormones and illicit drugs was common across multiple sporting codes, has sent shockwaves through Australia.
"Blackest day in sport", ran the Sydney Morning Herald headline while the tabloid Sydney Daily Telegraph screamed: "Sport on Trial."
The broadsheet Australian newspaper said doping threatened the sporting culture of a nation that has long had a reputation as being predominantly drugs-free.