Australian Sports Curation 2013
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Australian Sports Curation 2013
Compilation of sports news relevant to the land down under. Specifically focusing in on the cultural implications of nation-wide drug scandals.
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James Magnussen and men's 4x100m relay teammates to confess their sins

James Magnussen and men's 4x100m relay teammates to confess their sins | Australian Sports Curation 2013 | Scoop.it
THE "Weapons of Mass Destruction" are about to deliver a mass confession.
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This is yet another blow to the integrity of Australian sports. The Australians have always put together great olympic teams that win tons of medals compared to its measly population. The Australian's men's 4x100 relay that went to London for the 2012 Olympics is currently under investigation for misconduct during the games. The four men are set to come foward and admit to their grievences and accept any punishment put forth. They have all been accused of missusing prescription drugs while in England before the Olympics, which is of course against Olympic Commitee Policy. There have also been accusations that they were rowdy and obnoxious during their stay in olympic village in London, disturbing many other athletes. The most misheartening accusation though come from other female swimmers that say four of the swimmers harrassed them while in their own room. They allegedly misbehaved and made inappropriate actions toward the two women. This story definitely makes the world look down on these specific athletes, but also brings judgment back onto Australia as a competitive nation.

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Swimming Australia launch probe into London Olympics misbehaviour - Independent.ie

Swimming Australia has appointed a panel to investigate allegations of drunkenness, misuse of prescription drugs, breaching curfews, deceit and bullying by members of the London Olympic
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The Swimming Committe of Australia has decided to launch its individual probe into what happened with its own swim team during the 2012 London Olympic Games. This will put more pressure on to the athletes involved to confess or risk gettign in even more trouble. This is defintely not a bright spot for the Australians, who took home only seven gold medals overall in 2012 after taking fourteen in Beijing. An inside source has called the Men's Swim Team enviornment "toxic." This all comes at a huge disappointment to Australian fans who were counting on these men to bring home gold medals instead of scandals. The investigation will be sure to uncover what really went down in London. Punishment will be decided and handed out to those involved with the alleged antics during the 2012 Summer Games.

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The Bankstown base where NRL players received supplement injections from sports scientist Stephen Dank

The Bankstown base where NRL players received supplement injections from sports scientist Stephen Dank | Australian Sports Curation 2013 | Scoop.it
TUCKED away in a quiet Bankstown back street, this was the building NRL players visited to receive private treatments from Stephen Dank.
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This article gives insight into the location where many athletes were administered illegal preformance enhancing drugs. Thsi is just the tip of the iceberg with the drug scandal. Expect more to come.

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Cycling: Talking truth and reconciliation

Cycling: Talking truth and reconciliation | Australian Sports Curation 2013 | Scoop.it
Amid the debate surrounding truth and reconciliation, today's pro cyclists wonder when enough will be enough, writes VeloNews' Andrew Hood
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Cycling is going through a similar experience as the whole of Australia, with many of its participants admitting to performance enhancing drug use. The sports are all trying to find a way to right the ship, a way to reconcile the wrongs, but keep moving foward. Everyone is having trouble coming up with a fair way to accomplish all of this while being fair to all involved. How are they supposed to treat champions who won while using illegal drugs? tThis question and many others are still trying to get answered by the masses and athletes alike. The scandals have torn the sports apart and caused many issues that can have consequences for years to come. It will not be an easy task to fix.

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A-League not immune to fixing: Slater

A-League not immune to fixing: Slater | Australian Sports Curation 2013 | Scoop.it
Former Socceroo Robbie Slater believe match fixing is not an issue in Australia but says no country is immune in the wake of a wide-spread scandal.
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A huge criminal network is discovered to be working to fix matches. Over 400 referees, coaches, and players are suspected to have been involved in disgracing their sports. This ahs raised many questions of intregrity of the sports. The fans wonder how long this has been going on. The scandal continues to spread and shock the nation even more.

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Is Australian sport badly broken?

Is Australian sport badly broken? | Australian Sports Curation 2013 | Scoop.it
Two high-profile reports have flagged up serious problems within Australian sport, reports the BBC's Nick Bryant, but how bad is it?
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The Australian sport "suffers from the widespread use of performance-enhancing drugs and links to organised crime, according to a controversial report from the Australian Crime Commission, a body that was set up to combat mobsters and crime gangs." This quote best summarizes the current and recent state of Australian Athletics. A big fall from grace for anybody, especially a nation that prides itself on integrity and competitiveness. This article accurately summarizes many of the issues that have surfaced recently in the land down under with regards to sports. Reports of drugs, drunkeness, throwing matches, and just plain being lousy have devastated many fans. Although many allegations have risen from recent reports, the fans have seen nothing done. No arrests, no fines, no punishment, not yet. This is a critical time in Australia for sports, at a low point like this the country will try to rally and come back stronger than ever to prove it can dominate world wide yet again. All while being sure to clean its own act up first. The country has to deal with its issues before conquering the rest of the sporting world.

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'No one has any confidence in the system any more': Kennett calls for cultural change at the top

'No one has any confidence in the system any more': Kennett calls for cultural change at the top | Australian Sports Curation 2013 | Scoop.it
Former Hawthorn president Jeff Kennett says the AFL Commission must fix a "culture problem" at the league's headquarters, part of which should include a searching review of Andrew Demetriou's role as chief executive.
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Former Hawthorn president Jeff Kennett states in this article that the change needed in the AFL (Australian Rules Football League) must come from the owners, coaches, and leaders at the top. The culture involved with the sport has been a mess sincewide drug use allegations have been released. This is one of the most popular professional sports leagues in 
Australia and the public is beginning to lose both trust and interest. The punishment for drug use has been self-inflicted and kept out of the public eye which has led to much confusion. The sports league needs to come out in the open and make the wrongs right to the fans.  A lot of money involved with the lucrative TV deals will be on the line, the league needs a new leader to fix the mess and bring the sport back to the top in Australia once again. The fans will come back as soon as he problems begin to be worked out, but it has to happen soon. The league doesn't want to tarnish a Australian sport and tradition held so close to the nation's heart.

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Australia's doping scandal has smashed our sun-kissed sporting image

Australia's doping scandal has smashed our sun-kissed sporting image | Australian Sports Curation 2013 | Scoop.it
Paola Totaro: When it comes to sport, Australians have long believed we're cleaner, better, fairer than everyone else. Turns out we're not
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This is a great personal colum by an Australian. It shows the deep connection the nation has with sports and the high ideals that they had held their athletes to. The public placed them on such a high pedestal, practically worshiping the great athletes in each sport. She explains all the emotions very well and gives great insight to a non-Australian. The fall has been even greater for them because of the public holding them to higher standards than most other athletes internationally. This scandal will shake the nation's teams for some time, but they will recover and come back stronger than ever before to restore faith with Australia. It may take a generation or two in order to forget all the crimes commited and rules broken, but balance will be restored in this nation that loves its sports so dearly.

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Aussie drugs scandal shows money talks in sport

Aussie drugs scandal shows money talks in sport | Australian Sports Curation 2013 | Scoop.it
Tulsen Tollett, the former professional rugby player turned BBC Sport presenter, looks at the doping scandal in his home country
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When the Federal Justice Minister has to get involved you know its serious. The recent reports have found rampant drugh use through out many sports leagues in Australia, a travesty many fans couldn't have even begin to imagined. The biggest issue has been where to go next. The investigations must continue, but how will punishment be dealt, how will past championships be tainted. A nation is in shock after one its largest parts of its entertainment industries has come under such redicule. Drugs weren't the only thing found, many athletes had been involved in gambling or throwing of matches. This is a huge disgrace to a nation that is full of passionate fans that care so much for these sports that are supposed to provide a source of joy and pride.

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Australia sport doping 'widespread'

Australia sport doping 'widespread' | Australian Sports Curation 2013 | Scoop.it
A year-long inquiry finds widespread use of banned drugs in Australian sport, with links to organised crime and possible match-fixing.
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Year long investigation finds a shocking number of athletes using illegal substances in order to boost perfomance. This is the first reports of such wide spread use in the history of Australian sports. The announcement has left many fans confused and surprised. Never has anything like this happened before, especially in a nation that loves its sports as much as Australia. The allegations are serious because they come directly from the Federal Minister of Justice. As more details come out there will surely be major consequences to the many invloved in this scandal.

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