Touching on obligatory cricket issues (that World Cup thing), it’s pretty much AFL week from good sport Jack Howes after the ASADA case against the Bombers hit a snag and two Pies were sprung being silly clenbuterol sausages.
Got some great stuff coming this week.
Top-tier “you have to laugh lest you cry” sporting goodness.
The Bangladeshi president of the International Cricket Council, Mustafa Kamal, has resigned after being snubbed during the presentation of the World Cup trophy to Australia, following their win over New Zealand on Sunday night. Instead of Kamal being on the dais to present the trophy, as is his right, the ICC was instead represented by its Indian chairman, Narayanaswami Srinivasan. From the outside, it’s theorised that Kamal was being punished by the all-powerful Indian-bloc for his comments after the Bangladesh-India quarter final. Following India’s win, Kamal suggested that it had been “pre-arranged,” a comment that understandably didn’t go down especially well. He’s now headed home, vowing to “let the whole world know about those guys who are doing these mischievous things.”
Closer to home, I’m back on the doping train. The Essendon Bombers players have been cleared in their doping battle with The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority and the AFL. The clubs defence was essentially that “we have no idea what we injected them with, sooooo you can’t prove it was anything illegal.” Given they potentially either destroyed, hid or simply never had accurate records of what was given to the players – and given that not one of them ever tested positive for an illegal substance – ASADA really couldn’t prove anything. What comes next is unclear. ASADA has said it’s going to appeal the decision. Stephen Dank, the architect of Essendon’s program, is threatening to sue ASADA and the AFL. Ex-Essendon player Hal Hunter is suing the club to try and find out exactly what supplements were given even though he was de-listed before the program was started.
Still with the AFL, two Collingwood players have tested positive for clenbuterol – a banned substance. It was the drug that got champion cyclist Alberto Contador suspended for a couple of years and it looks set to do the same here. The two players, Lachlan Keefe and Josh Thomas, originally tried to claim they must have eaten some meat in New Zealand that contained the drug before they were put straight by the New Zealand beef industry and ASADA itself. Clenbuterol does pop up in the food chain in Mexico and China, but it just doesn’t show up in New Zealand and Australia. So the boys are going to have to do some serious digging if they want to save themselves.
The AFL is officially back for another season, off to a deeply average start with Richmond getting over the top of Carlton 105-78. The big story in the off-season has been the price of food sold at grounds. Pies at Etihad Stadium are now down to $3.00! For all the alleged strength of the AFL, it’s struggling at the moment. It’s losing its traditional fan base as soccer chomps into its junior numbers badly.
And in a headline you thought you’d never see, the BBC brings us this ripper:
Snooker: Amateur John Sutton found guilty of match-fixing.
…How good is sport?