Olympic Games: Aussies invest to fight drugs
Wednesday 13 May 1998
The majority of the funds will be used to strengthen the Australian sports drug testing laboratory's ability to detect the use of banned substances at the Olympics, the Australian sports minister, Andrew Thomson, announced yesterday. The Australian Sports Drug Agency will receive about pounds 315,000 in 1998-99 for additional drug testing and education.
"Later this year, I will announce further details of a comprehensive anti-doping strategy for a drug-free Sydney Games," Thomson said.
A cornerstone of that strategy will be the Olympic Games drug research programme to improve the laboratory's ability to detect substances banned by the International Olympic Committee. The IOC is hoping to have adequate procedures in place by the Games to test for substances, which can only be detected by blood testing at present.
The grant, over a three-year period, was part of a pounds 13m provisional allocation to Olympic organisers made in yesterday's federal budget. Thomson said the funding would depend on the ability of the national and New South Wales state government. The governments have been embroiled in a deepening rift over funding, with Thomson refusing to deal with the state Olympics minister, Michael Knight.
The Government announced it would make the provisional allocation between 1998-1999 and 2000-2001 to enable the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games to purchase services for the Games. So far the national government has committed or spent pounds 155m on the Games. According to the budget, it would spend a further pounds 2.4m on the staging of the actual games.
The government also announced a plan to raise a further pounds 30m over four years to meet the costs of the games.
Latest in Sport
Luckless Abou Diaby full of confidence as he attempts yet another Arsenal comeback
Arturo Vidal: Midfielder must ask to join Manchester United, say Juventus
Scottie dogs in Commonwealth Games opening ceremony 'disrespectful to Muslims', say Malaysian politicians
Calum Chambers joins Arsenal: Gunners complete £16m transfer of right-back
Manchester United latest: Angel Di Maria move no closer as Juan Mata emerges as Louis van Gaal's favoured No 10 as prospect of signing
- 1 'Women should not laugh in public,' says Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister in morality speech
- 2 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 3 Is Ebola coming to Britain? UK health officials issue warning to doctors as outbreak fears grow
- 4 Richard Dawkins says 'date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse' on Twitter
- 5 Danish TV reporter is all business up top, all party down below
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
A new Russian revolution: The cracks are starting to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Competitive: The Green Recruitment Company: The Organisation: The Green Recrui...
£350 - £400 per annum + competitive: Orgtel: Project Manager (specializing in ...
£40000 - £50000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: Embedded Sof...
£50000 - £65000 per annum + Benefits: Progressive Recruitment: Working for a m...