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Australian sport integrity review recommends crackdown on sporting cheats
Federal Minister for Sport Bridget McKenzie has today recommended sweeping reforms to protect Australian sport from the illegal betting industry.
Revealed at the National Press Club as part of the Australian Government’s Sport 2030 plan, the findings of an integrity review of Australian sport has suggested that athletes who collude with bookmakers could face jail time under a proposed crackdown on sports cheats.
Recommendations outline making match-fixing a Commonwealth criminal offence and stripping protection against self-incrimination for suspected drug cheats.
The review also proposes a tough new national sports integrity commission and national sports tribunal, strengthened powers for the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority and dropping the prohibition against online, in-play betting.
The report advises that “Australia lacks a cohesive, well-resourced national capacity to confront and respond to domestic and international match-fixing and related corruption in sport”, adding “the potential consequences of a loss of public confidence in sports integrity because of competition manipulation and doping are profound.”
The review was led by James Wood QC, who headed a Royal Commission into corruption in the NSW Police.
The proposed national sports integrity commission would have the powers to conduct electronic surveillance of athletes, coaches and sports officials suspected of match-fixing.
Australian Federal Police, Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, the Department of Home Affairs and state and territory police would all assist in investigations.
Former Federal Sports Minister Greg Hunt commissioned the review last year as part of the National Sports Plan.
1st August 2018 - Sports Commission to rebrand as Sport Australia
1st August 2018 - Federal Government releases new national sport plan
31st July 2018 - Alisa Camplin to step down from Australian Sports Commission board
18th August 2017 - New Chief Executive named for Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority
22nd April 2016 - Forum to explore sport integrity issues
27th February 2014 - ASADA completes doping probe into AFL and NRL
12th July 2013 - Ministers take steps to strengthen the integrity of Australian sport
5th May 2013 - Funding boost for Anti-Doping and Sports Integrity
7th February 2013 - Drugs and crime report rocks Australian sport
8th November 2012 - New unit to protect the integrity of Australia sport
26th July 2012 - Commonwealth sport ministers agree to protect integrity of sport
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