ASADA LEGISLATION AND WHAT IT MEANS TO SPORT

ASADA LEGISLATION AND WHAT IT MEANS TO SPORTS.

 

At a sports workshop organised by the National Integrity of Sport Unit, in Melbourne on the 28th August, sports organisations were updated on current changes to ASADA and other associated developments.

 1. The National Integrity of Sport Unit.

Its purpose is to develop a code of conduct for national sporting organisations. Particular areas that they pay attention to are match fixing, illicit drug use, advertisements of sports gambling and association with criminal groups. Sporting organisations are expected to adopt an anti-match-fixing/anti-corruption code of conduct. The government favours increased regulation of gambling and sports betting.

 2. Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority

ASADA has new powers following changes to the Act in June and August 2013. This will have the prospect of someone involved in doping being caught, being increased, as ASADA now has the tools to pursue possible breaches of anti-doping rules, require assistance from any one, not just the athlete or a coach and apply civil penalties (up to $5,100 per day) if someone does not comply with a disclosure notice.

These powers only relate to anti-doping matters and the National Sporting Organisation remains the final decision maker on anti-doping violations.

 3. Sport Integrity Intelligence Unit

Victoria Police has set up an integrity unit in February 2013. Its role is to investigate Integrity within Victorian Sport. Its functions include collecting information and intelligence from a range of sources  including background checks and telephone intercepts. The unit encompassing ten personnel.

 Bocce Australia together with other sports attended this Workshop.