Australian cycling has been rocked by further damaging confessions of drug use. High profile cyclist and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott is the latest to admit that he took unauthorised substances to make it to the top.
In an interview with a News Limited journalist, Mr Abbott confessed that he took ego supplements shortly before being elected Opposition Leader in December 2009.
“It was a foolish decision. I regret it but I was desperate to keep up with everyone else.”
“Leading into the ballot, I made a decision. I sourced the ego supplements myself. There was no one else involved. It didn’t involve the Coalition team in any way. I just had to drive over the border to the Gold Coast and buy it at any pharmacy.”
“The hardest part about all this is that I used it two weeks before becoming Opposition Leader. I used extremely cautious amounts because I’d heard a lot of horror stories and did the absolute minimum of what I hoped would get me through. When Turnbull got rolled for his ego problem, I smashed it, got rid of it and that was the last I ever touched it.”
Mr Abbott said that he regretted the incident, particularly now that he has been able to boost his ego by natural means.
“That’s the hardest thing to swallow out of all this – it was such a long time ago and one very bad judgement is going to taint a lot of things and people will have a lot of questions.”
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd declined to comment on the revelations. However, he laughed off suggestions that he may have also resorted to ego supplements.
“Trust me, guys. I’m high on my own supply. If my ego was any larger, it would be like something terrifying from Pacific Rim.”