Australia has long been considered one of the cleanest countries when it comes to sports.
Honesty, integrity and fair play have been staples of their culture.
All of that has now been shattered after a 12-month investigation by the Crime Commission.
They found that there was doping in multiple sports, match-fixing and many solid, hidden links between sports administrators and organized crime.
Former head of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, Richard Ings, said:
"There has been a belief with some sports and even with some officials that doping just would not take place in Australian sport and if it did it was isolated and sporadic. I doubted those claims, the evidence pointed contrary to those claims … the fact is it is a widespread issue. This is not a black day in Australian sport, this is the blackest day in Australian sport."
All we can say is, welcome to the club, Aussies!
This isn't actually a bad thing.
When cheating is found out, all it does is root out the dishonest, dishonorable athletes and pave the way for the clean, true athletic competitors to make their mark.
Things may seem dark for a while but the night is always darkest before the dawn.
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