29 Nov 2013

Drug inquiry clears NZ sport, warns of black market

3:01 pm on 29 November 2013

A government investigation has found no evidence of systemic use of performance enhancing drugs or the involvement of organised crime in New Zealand sport.

Murray McCully.

Murray McCully. Photo: RNZ

It has, however, warned of a growing international black market for peformance and image enhancing drugs being intercepted by Customs offcials and used by the body building industry.

The investigation led by Sport New Zealand was undertaken following an investigation by the Australian Crime Commission earlier this year that linked professional sport, drugs and organised crime in that country.

The Minister of Sport, Murray McCully, says while there is no evidence of such issues here it would be naive to think New Zealand is insulated from them.

Mr McCully says he intends establishing a group involving sports officials, police and border control agencies to co-ordinate and strengthen anti-doping measures.