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1. POSITION STATEMENT

The New South Wales ("NSW") government:

a.    recognises all athletes' right to participate in doping-free sport and supports the promotion of health, fairness and equality for all athletes participating in sport and recreation

b.    condemns doping as defined by the World Anti-Doping Code, including the use of prohibited substances, the possession and trafficking of prohibited substances and any action that assists, encourages, aids or abets the violation or attempted violation of anti-doping policies

c.    supports harmonised, coordinated and effective anti-doping programs at the international and national levels with regard to the detection, deterrence and prevention of doping

d.    expects all NSW State Sporting Organisations ("SSOs") to adopt their National Sport Organisation Anti-Doping policies and practices in accordance with this policy and the policies of their national parent bodies and leagues (as applicable).

2. RECOGNITION OF SPORT INTEGRITY AUSTRALIA

Sport Integrity Australia is Australia's National Anti-Doping Organisation under the World Anti-Doping Program.

The NSW government recognises the roles of Sport Integrity Australia, in anti-doping including:

a.    adopting and implementing anti-doping rules

b.    promoting anti-doping awareness and implementing anti-doping education

c.    directing collection of samples

d.    conducting investigations

e.    managing test results

f.    facilitating hearings at the national level in line with National Sporting Organisation and/or National Sport Tribunal policies

3. EDUCATION

The NSW government:

a.    recognises the importance of information and education as measures to counter violations or attempted violations of anti-doping policies

b.    recognises, supports and will, as far as practicable, cooperate with the education and information sharing initiatives of Sport Integrity Australia

c.    expects all NSW SSOs to support the education and information sharing initiatives of Sport Integrity Australia through the dissemination of information to their members and staff

d.    expects organisations that it funds to assist athlete development to support the education and information sharing initiatives of Sport Integrity Australia through the dissemination of information to their athletes and staff.


4. STATE SPORTING ORGANISATIONS

The NSW government expects all NSW SSOs to:

a.    act in accordance with the Sport Integrity Australia Act (2020) and the Sport Integrity Australia Regulations (2020) as amended

b.    adhere to this anti-doping policy

c.    recognise, support and cooperate with the education, awareness and information sharing initiatives of Sport Integrity Australia 

In addition, the NSW government requires each NSW SSO in receipt of funding from the NSW government to:

d.    adhere to, and enforce as necessary, the anti-doping policy developed and/or adopted by the SSO's national parent body or league (as applicable); and

e.    publish their anti-doping policy on its website, and provide the NSW Government with a copy upon request.

5. SANCTIONS

The NSW government:

(a)    endorses and will recognise sanctions imposed by relevant sporting bodies on applicable persons for anti-doping rule violations

(b)    expects NSW SSOs to recognise and uphold sanctions imposed on their members by their national or international parent body or league

(c)    reserves the right to reduce or withdraw any financial or other assistance provided by the NSW government to any NSW SSO or other organisation which has breached this policy, or otherwise has been sanctioned by Sport Integrity Australia, or its national or international parent body or league.

The NSW government will not provide an avenue of appeal for any individual or organisation subject to a sanction imposed under an anti-doping policy.

6. DEFINITIONS

Unless the context suggests or requires otherwise the NSW government recognises the definitions set out in the Sport Integrity Australia Act 2020 and the Sport Integrity Australia Regulations (2020) as amended.

For further information please refer to www.sportintegrity.gov.au
 

Document identity

Title: Anti-Doping Position Statement Version: V3.0
Approved date: March 2021 Approver: Chief Executive
Review: 2 Years Next review: March 2023
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