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Have Your Say: Sport Integrity Review

18 December 2018

Thanks to all those who took the time to have their say on our Sport Integrity Review. We’re now analysing submissions to help us understand the size and nature of any risks and issues with sport integrity in New Zealand.

 

Why are we reviewing sport integrity?

New Zealanders like to think we have a reputation for good sporting behaviour – we play hard, but fair. We strive to uphold the values of sport, whether celebrating Olympic gold, or supporting participation. This love of sport provides many benefits for individuals, comm

New Zealanders like to think we have a reputation for good sporting behaviour – we play hard, but fair. We strive to uphold the values of sport, whether celebrating Olympic medals, or supporting participation. This love of sport provides many benefits for individuals, communities and the nation, and because of that, sport is highly valued. 

However, the integrity of sport is increasingly threatened both globally and here in New Zealand by issues such as match-fixing, corruption, doping, and abusive behaviour. 

While New Zealand has various initiatives in place to protect and promote the integrity of sport, the current environment indicates a review is needed to determine whether these measures are enough. 

The first phase of the review will assess the current environment, identify priority areas where current policies and protections may be insufficient, and gather evidence to support future interventions. Sport NZ sought your input to help us understand the sport integrity landscape in New Zealand. 

WE ARE ANALYSING YOUR SUBMISSIONS

We want your submission on a discussion document

We sought your views on some themes that cut across multiple areas of sport integrity, namely: organisational culture, whistleblowing and the institutional arrangements for sport integrity in New Zealand. These topics are discussed in the first chapter. The discussion document then covers five specific areas:

  • Member protection – protecting those who engage in sport from bullying, harassment, abuse, undue health and safety risks, and other harm 
  • Integrity issues in children’s sport – protecting children from abuse, avoiding the negative effects of an undue focus on winning, and considering the changing environment within secondary school sport
  • Anti-doping – the use of prohibited substances (colloquially referred to as performance and image enhancing drugs) in contravention of the World Anti-Doping Code 
  • Protecting against corruption – fraud, bribery, bid rigging and other dishonest behaviours intended to achieve personal gain
  • Protecting against match-fixing – action to inappropriately predetermine the result of a match, or part of a match, for gambling purposes.

How to make a submission

The consultation period closed at 5pm on Tuesday, 11 December 2018. Thank you again for your submissions. When analysis is complete, Sport NZ will recommend priority areas for further work to the Sport NZ Board. 

Proactive information release

The Cabinet Paper and Cabinet Minute for the release of the Sport Integrity Review Consultation paper is available now. 

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