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ABC corrected over report on ASADA’s legislative powers

ABC corrected over report on ASADA’s legislative powers
December 1, 2015

Recent reports by ABC journalist Tracey Holmes inaccurately state that the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) is acting beyond its legislative powers.

However, a statement from ASADA saying that the report  is based on a misunderstanding of Authority’s framework.

The statement explains “ASADA does not mandate any sport to abrogate athletes of their privilege against self-incrimination in anti-doping investigations.

“Under ASADA's legislation, sports determine their own anti-doping policies, which are contractual arrangements with their members.

“The Australian Olympic Committee amended their anti-doing by-law in August 2013 to include this provision.”

ASADA Chief Executive Ben McDevitt explained “the AOC is a fantastic partner and ASADA supports them for going above and beyond in its fight against doping.

“Many other sports have also chosen to include the provision in their own anti-doping policies and they too have ASADA’s full support in their commitment to protecting their clean athletes.”

Tracey Holmes’ news article ASADA stripping athletes' legal right to silence by inserting provision in policy, sports lawyer says included a sports lawyer suggesting that ASADA is compelling athletes to give up their common law right to silence through a policy that is contrary to its Act.

Click here to read Tracey Holmes’ news article on the ABC website.



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