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Urine 'vials' at Gold Coast Titans in fact a jam jar

UPDATE: "VIALS'' of urine found in the home ground of the Gold Coast Titans was in fact a jam jar which could have been at the stadium for five years, according to the club chief.

Titans CEO David May said there would be no further police investigation after it was discovered the urine in the jar was so old it could not be tested.

The jar was discovered in the dressing room plumbing by police conducting a bomb-detection training exercise at the Robina ground as part of preparations for the G20 summit in Brisbane next year.

Brisbanetimes.com.au reported Friday that it was possible the jam jar was placed in the Robina stadium during its construction.

Bomb sweep finds 'vials' of urine at home of Gold Coast Titans: report

A BOMB sweep has uncovered vials of urine hidden in the dressing room plumbing at the Gold Coast Titans home ground.

News of the discovery comes after a major report detailed shocking claims of drug cheating in Australian sport.

News Ltd reports the vials were found in the home dressing room of the Titans at Skilled Park by officers who were undertaking bomb detection training ahead of next year's G20 summit in Brisbane.

The NRL club's operations boss, Ian Buchanan, told the Courier-Mail  the discovery was a mystery and the vials could have been put there by any sporting team that used the ground.

Other sides to use the ground included Rugby Sevens, Australia, Argentina, and the now-defunct Gold Coast United soccer team.

Earlier, the club issued a statement saying it was fully supportive of the NRL's investigation into doping and integrity issues.

The statement followed the the release of the Australian Crime Commission's findings and response to its 12 month investigation into Australia's major sports.

The investigation, which was supported by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority and the Therapeutic Goods Administration, made a number of disturbing findings, including:

  • The identification of widespread use of prohibited substances and illicit drugs in professional sport;
  • The involvement of crime identities and groups in the distribution of PIEDs to athletes and professional sports staff.
  • Increasing evidence of personal relationships "of concern" between professional athletes and organised criminal
  • identities and groups, which may have resulted in match fixing and the manipulation of betting markets.
  • Illicit drug use by professional athletes being more prevalent than official sports drug testing program statistics indicate.

The ACC found the use of prohibited substances, including peptides and hormones, and illicit drugs was being facilitated by sports scientists, high-performance coaches and sports staff.

Disturbingly players in some cases are being administered with substances that have not yet been approved for human use.

Titans CEO David May said: "As a club we have a zero tolerance policy that is strictly enforced. We believe there is no place for drugs in our game. ''

"I've got absolute confidence that the club is fully compliant with the standards set and regulated by ASADA and WADA".

"We fully support and endorse the investigations currently underway and will cooperate with any request by any party.

"We believe this issue is best addressed at 'whole of game' level and fully endorse the steps being taken by the NRL" May said.

Topics:  doping drugs nrl titans



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