Lundy begs Aus sport fans to be patient with ASADA probe

FEDERAL Sports Minister Kate Lundy has pleaded with sports fans to be patient amid growing anger at the secrecy and tardiness surrounding the football doping scandal investigation.

The plea came less than 24 hours after Senator Lundy told National Rugby League officials, including CEO David Smith, that 10 additional investigators had been made available to the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority probe.

On Tuesday, News Limited reported the NRL had offered to help finance additional resources to speed up the ASADA investigation.

Under intense questioning in the Labor caucus Senator Lundy said ASADA had not requested additional resources.

"We had another excellent meeting last night and discussed at some length the progress of the inquiry," Senator Lundy said on ABC radio on Thursday morning.

"Aurora Andruska, the CEO of ASADA, was also there so it was a very constructive meeting, including the fact that the NRL have given their guarantee of full co-operation, of course as themselves but also as their clubs. That's good to know and it will mean things can speed up."

Senator Lundy said Cronulla, one of six clubs under investigation, had agreed to allow ASADA to address its players.

The club had previously refused to make its players available to investigators.

Legislation will be introduced to the Parliament next week to strengthen ASADA's investigative powers - a measure Senator Lundy announced on the same day the Australian Crime Commission's damning report on sports doping was made public.

"So my message to fans is be patient. I know it's difficult, but Australian sport will come out of this where every parent can be that much more confident that the sport they're encouraging their kids to play is clean, and we owe that to every clean athlete and every clean administrator in this country," she said.

Topics:  asada performance enhancing drugs

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