February 16, 2013

Sickened?

Were you "sickened", like our Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, at the revelation that some of our professional sporting folk might have been on field - for our entertainment - performing with the aid of enhancements, cutting edge dope of one kind or another? 

Only male sports people, I should add.  The ladies haven't been tainted, which probably explains why netball has been removed from free to air television this year - don't want role models like that being touted to the populace at large.

I'm definitely queasy about this front-page splash being an accusation that has led, and will lead to nothing, other than a wide-ranging assumption of guilt.

Drugs, criminal links, and possible tanking. 

Serious, hey? 

Sure as shit very serious, going by the stunned-mullet looks on so many famous sporting faces, not least being James Hird.

I'm very queasy to find out that the NSW and Victorian police have known about the ACC "findings" for six months, but neither states have anything to pursue.  Investigations are done and dusted and nothing further is to be done.  No one has or will be charged. 

All that hoopla, all that smearing, all that deeply serious analysis and hand-wringing, and zippo.  There's nothing to see.

So we're left to ask, and wonder who to ask:  what the fuck was that all about?
Then there was the recent so-called ACC special investigation into the illegal firearms market in Australia, which the ACC concluded was the result of thefts within Australia of legal firearms and interstate trade in illegal weapons. This meant responsibility fell squarely on the states, not the federal government.

That was despite NSW Police detecting a record 300 Glock semi-automatic pistols ambling through Customs to a suburban Sydney post office, where it appears they were sold to criminals.

It appeared to many that the calculations used by the ACC to dismiss illegal gun importations as a factor in the long-running Sydney shooting sprees was seriously flawed.

It also seemed to get the Gillard government and media-savvy Justice Minister Jason Clare off the hook as far as who was responsible for the outbreak of gun violence across the country.

But that report paled into insignificance when compared to Australian sports' "Armageddon Day", last Thursday, and the release of a 12-month "investigation" by the ACC.

Flanked by the earnest-looking Clare and Sport Minister Kate Lundy, an even more earnest-looking ACC chief executive John Lawler outlined what everyone with an IQ over 20 already knew. Customs and Border Protection agencies were seizing record amounts of performance-enhancing drugs destined for, wait for it, athletes. There were also groundbreaking revelations that organised crime had become involved.

Really?

That should shock no one as it is probably one of the few areas organised crime had not got its hooks into until federal law enforcement agencies spectacularly dropped the ball in the past five or six years protecting our borders.

I, like many others, waited keenly for the Lance Armstrong moment, when a prominent athlete would be led away in handcuffs.

It never occurred and probably never will.

But maybe there would be video evidence of a sporting team bus carrying five Glock pistols, a Heckler; Koch sub-machinegun and a bag full of cocaine. Nope, no such smoking gun.

What I did notice were some very bewildered sporting code executives with looks on their faces that said: "Why am I here and where is the evidence I can take back to my board to explain the enormous damage you have just done to our sport?"

The dust has now settled and questions are being asked about the veracity of the allegations and the timing of this "event".

Both the NSW and Victorian police forces have been quoted in recent days as having suspended any further inquiries related to the ACC report.
ACC drops the ball over probe into drugs in sport 

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