WHAT has been described as the darkest day in Australian sport has been welcomed by a former NRL club chief executive officer.

Currently Capras and CQ NRL Bid CEO, who was the North Queensland Cowboys CEO for many years, Denis Keeffe yesterday said the naming of six NRL clubs in the Australian Crime Commission anti-doping investigation was, in a way, welcomed because of the innuendo and rumours about doping being around for a while.

He said now there was an opportunity, once all the facts and details had been laid out on the table, for the guillotine to come down and get rid of the bad.

"I don't think the players would seriously take something they know is banned because I know the education process," Keeffe said.

 

CQ NRL Bid CEO Denis Keeffe.
CQ NRL Bid CEO Denis Keeffe. Contributed

"It's probably a communication problem rather than a deliberate cheating problem."

 

The six clubs named in the investigation in to doping, match-fixing and organised crime in sport were the Cowboys, Manly, Cronulla, Newcastle, Canberra and Penrith. It is up to each individual club if they release the details provided to them yesterday.

Keeffe described the education process as being thorough, with a book about an inch thick that players have to read and then sign off that they understand it all, including the long-winded names of some of the drugs.

He yesterday stood by his former club, the Cowboys, and said he was shocked at the Cowboy, Panthers and Raiders being named in the investigation.



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