Samantha Lane

Samantha Lane

Samantha Lane is a sports writer with The Age's sports section. She joined The Sunday Age's sports team in 2005, where she specialised in the coverage of Australian Rules football, before joining the daily Age in 2007. She has a wealth of multi-media broadcasting experience since starting her journalism career in 2002 at www.afl.com.au. She is also a panellist on Network Ten's Before the Game. Samantha covered the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, the 2008 Beijing Olympics and will be reporting extensively on the 2012 London Olympics.

Swimmers could lose Olympic prizemoney

Samantha Lane THE Australian Olympic Committee will investigate, and is prepared to financially sanction, the swimmers accused of breaching the team agreement in London.

Review slams 'toxic' culture in swimming

Magnussen

Samantha Lane and Scott Spits A report reviewing the leadership in Australia's swimming team has slammed a "toxic" culture which saw swimmers abuse prescription drugs, alcohol and curfews during last year's London Olympics.

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ASADA to grill 150 players, staff

Bad sport

Samantha Lane The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority needs to interview around 150 players and staff from the codes central to its drugs probe, meaning the investigation will take months to complete.

ACC Report

Olympic committee takes hardest line

John Coates

Samantha Lane ENACTING landmark change to its bylaws that could imprison athletes who lie about doping for up to five years, Australia's Olympic Committee is urging domestic sporting codes to follow suit.

Doping

No AOC mercy for drug lies

John Coates

Samantha Lane Enacting a landmark rule change that could imprison athletes who lie about doping for up to five years, Australia's Olympic Committee is urging domestic sporting codes to follow suit.

No hiding place: Lundy calls on drug cheats to come clean

Minister for Sport, Senator Kate Lundy

Samantha Lane BRACED for the downfall of any sporting hero, and the nation's most popular codes having their images crushed, the Federal Sports Minister, Kate Lundy, has implored performance-enhancing drug users...

Gaudry in rhythm for uphill grind

Cycling Australia nominee for The Oceania Presidency of The UCI , Tracey Gaudry

Samantha Lane AN EXTRAORDINARY appointment arriving in the most extraordinary of times, Tracey Gaudry says she's a brave woman, and she'll need to be.

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Cycling's new pacesetter

Tracey Gaudry

Samantha Lane An extraordinary appointment arriving in the most extraordinary of times, Tracey Gaudry says she's a brave woman and she'll need to be.

Cycling

Cycling's funding at risk, warns minister

GreenEdge.

Samantha Lane EXCLUSIVE Cycling Australia risks having its federal government funding cut if it fails to meet 17 recommendations of anti-doping review.

UCI 'willing to mislead' on drugs

Doping

Samantha Lane PROOF has emerged that cycling's world governing body deliberately reduced drug testing in 2010 due to budget constraints - a claim the International Cycling Union has previously been at pains to...

Cycling

Insults unseat hope for truth inquiry

Pat McQuaid

Samantha Lane AN EXCHANGE of insults has deepened the rift between cycling's world governing body and the World Anti-Doping Authority, plunging a crisis-hit sport into a deeper hole.

Cycling

McQuaid's credibility questioned

Union Cycliste Internationale President Pat McQuaid.

Samantha Lane Proof has emerged that cycling's world governing body deliberately reduced drug testing in 2010.

Drug testing on cyclists decreasing

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 27:  Riders make their way around the street circuit during stage six of the Tour Down Under on January 27, 2013 in Adelaide, Australia.  (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

Samantha Lane THE Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority says it is conducting fewer tests on cyclists because screening is more sophisticated and the government agency is no longer responsible for drug controls...

Cycling

ASADA defends fewer drug tests

doping

Samantha Lane Anti-Doping authority says it conducts fewer tests as screening is now more sophisticated.

Cycling

Gaudry in the drive for women's tours

Tracey Gaudry

Samantha Lane Women could compete at Australia's second-biggest stage race, the Jayco Herald Sun Tour.

Cycling

Cycling world in a spin over drug amnesty proposal

Pat McQuaid

Samantha Lane Australian anti-doping expert Mike Ashenden is sceptical of the UCI under Pat McQuaid.

Anti-doping boss claims Armstrong still lying

Lance Armstrong.

Samantha Lane Lance Armstrong has until February 6 to do something he has always resisted - co-operate fully with the US Anti-Doping Agency - and is being lured by the promise his lifetime ban from sport will be...

Cycling

Lance is a 'lying bastard': Wiggins

Lance Armstrong Bradley Wiggins

Samantha Lane Bradley Wiggins does not believe Lance Armstrong rode clean in the 2009 Tour de France.

Call to clear bike 'suspects'

Klaus Mueller

Samantha Lane Cycling Australia boss Klaus Mueller says reputations are being unfairly damaged.

Cycling

Armstrong lied about making clean return, says Wiggins

MALLORCA, SPAIN - JANUARY 24:  Tour de France and Olympic TT Champion Bradley Wiggins of Team SKY attends a Team Sky Media Day in Puerto de Alcudia on January 24, 2013 in Mallorca, Spain.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Samantha Lane BRITISH champion Bradley Wiggins does not believe Lance Armstrong rode clean in the 2009 Tour de France - despite the American's insistence he did not dope after 2005.