NEW ZEALAND’S sport minister Murray McCully has asked three sporting bodies to investigate the need for a national doping probe.
McCully said he had asked Sport New Zealand, High Performance Sport New Zealand and Drug Free Sport New Zealand – all of which are Crown entities – to go through the Australian Crime Commission’s report into drugs and organised crime in sport and see if there are implications for New Zealand.
He said the country needed to be vigilant.
All three groups have also been invited to consult the New Zealand Olympic Committee.
“I have asked Sport New Zealand, High Performance Sport NZ and Drug Free Sport NZ to report back to me on the implications of the Australian Crime Commission report released yesterday,” Fairfax NZ reported McCully as saying.
“I have asked them to consult with the New Zealand Olympic Committee and any other relevant bodies in compiling their report.
“While the Australian report does not make any accusations about New Zealand athletes, it would be unwise for New Zealand to ignore its findings given the strong level of engagement between sporting teams from our two countries.”