Victoria Premier Ted Baillieu
New Victoria Police Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit
Victor P Taffa
Premier Ted Baillieu has advised the Victorian Parliament this afternoon that Victoria Police has today established a new Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit to investigate allegations of organised crime in sport.
“Victorians want clean, competitive and healthy sporting competitions in all sports.” Premier Baillieu told Parliament.
“The action being taken will ensure, as far as possible, that people involved in these practices will feel the full weight of the law.”
“Sport is about healthy and clean competition. There is no place for drugs in sport.”
Premier Baillieu said the Coalition Government had today been in contact with the Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police about matters raised by the Federal Sports Minister and the Home Affairs Minister, together with representatives of the Australian Crimes Commission and sporting codes regarding drugs in sport.
“Victoria Police have already been working closely with law enforcement agencies, national sporting bodies, the Racing Integrity Commissioner and other relevant agencies regarding the issue of integrity in sport, which included discussions around illicit drugs, betting and the risks associated with organised crime infiltrating sporting codes and influencing elite athletes.” Premier Baillieu said.
“The Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit will inform Victoria Police’s investigative response to these emerging challenges.”
Victorian Government agencies will continue to co-operate with federal agencies and with law enforcement agencies in other jurisdictions to stamp out illegal drug taking and other illegal practices such as match fixing.
Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty said the Coalition Government recognised the importance of sporting activities to the Australian and Victorian way of life.
“The integrity of sport is of critical importance, as sport is a big part of our culture and has an enormous influence on our communities.” Mr. Delahunty said.
The Gillard Government is right to pursue criminality in Sport. Naming names and the laying of charges should have occurred.
As a Sports follower Editor Victor P Taffa believes all that has been achieved is a major slur on all Clubs and Participants. This situation is unacceptable and the Gillard Government must act swiftly to follow up with the laying of charges. The good reputation of Clubs and Participants is at stake.
Sports followers deserve better.