RUNNERS DENY 'dope' charges;
Say Accuser Should State ''Specific Cases"
STORY OF MISSING SWABS
The Register News-Pictorial
28 February 1930
Allegations that professional foot runners were being ruined by 'dope,' made by J. W. Schafe. handicapper and stipendiary steward of the Victorian Athletic League, were emphatically refuted by a deputation from the Victorian Runners' Union to the Chief Secretary (Mr. Tunnecliffe) today.
The speakers maintained that professional running was being damaged gravely by the statements of Schafe, and asked that he be requested to lay specific charges which could be investigated by the police.
Mr. Tunnecliffe said Schafe would be asked to supply details of the charges he had made. If he could produce any definite evidence the police would take steps to bring the culprits to justice.
J. Campbell, a trainer, said Schafe had been reported to the V.A.L. by B. Geeran, winner of the Frankston Gift, for having accused him of having taken 'cocaine or strychnine' before the race. Geeran's trainer had been suspended by Schafe for having remonstrated with him when he accused the runner.
Campbell contended that if Schafe had any thing to support his assertions he should make a definite charge against Geeran.
The secretary of the Victorian Runners' Union (F. Crockett) said swabs were taken from the throats of the six finalists in the Maryborough Gift for analysis. These had gone astray, and Schafe had alleged that he knew 'dope' was used, and that the swabs would not be returned because of efforts to avoid a scandal. While admitting there might be some oc casional cases of doping, the deputation maintained that the general allegations of' Schafe had no foundation.
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