Minister slams 'abysmal' report

STATE Sports Minister Steve Dickson has labelled the Federal Government's handling of the drugs in sport scandal as "abysmal" and questioned the timing of the Australian Crime Commission report on the issue.

Mr Dickson and his fellow state sports ministers have received a confidential briefing from the Australian Crime Commission and Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority on their investigations into Australian professional sport.

He said the State Government had been seeking a "detailed briefing" on the investigation for a week, but received the rundown only on Thursday night.

"For days there has been nothing for state governments and clubs to go on besides what was being reported in the media, and that information was changing almost hourly," he said.

While he was prevented from disclosing the contents of the briefing, he believed the affair could have been handled much better by the Federal Government.

"It's absolutely worth questioning the political expediency of such explosive material being released in a week where the Commonwealth Government would certainly have welcomed a media spotlight in any direction but their own," Mr Dickson said.

"There is still a very dark cloud over our sporting organisations, and already our nation's brand has begun to suffer.

"As each moment of uncertainty passes, the great sporting reputation Queenslanders have builtnationally and across the globe over generations, becomes tainted and tarnished by association."

Mr Dickson said all sporting clubs should show their anger about being under suspicion.



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