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Sport Integrity Australia: Let's talk about blood

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Blood is the vital fluid delivering essential substances like oxygen and nutrients to our body’s cells. Made up of plasma, red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets, it’s constantly circulating through our body as the moving force we need in order to exist.

Blood testing is also a vital part of the anti-doping repertoire.

Sportsflare joins ESIC as an Anti-Corruption Supporter


Sportsflare is the latest company to join ESIC in its fight against betting fraud and corruption in esports, joining over 40 Anti-Corruption Supporters around the world. Being an Anti-Corruption Supporter, Sportsflare will assist ESIC in investigating suspicious betting activity across their betting platform, endorsing ESIC’s greater effort against match-fixing and betting fraud within esports.

IPC publish 2020-2021 Annual Report

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The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has published its 2020/2021 Annual Report detailing how the organisation made major advancements during the year, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the complete report here.

NFL teams can now interview head coaching candidates during last two weeks of season

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The NFL's Fall League Meeting has produced a handful of changes to the Rooney Rule.

A memo sent by the NFL to all 32 clubs and obtained by NFL Network's Tom Pelissero detailed policy changes enacted during Tuesday's session that were initially reported on Monday. Among those changes were an increase in the amount of external minority candidates required to be interviewed during a hiring process to fill vacancies at the executive level, as well as coordinator positions.

IFAB advisory panels recommend making five-substitute option permanent


Various key footballing matters and proposals for potential Law changes were the focus of discussions at today’s FIFA-chaired virtual meeting of The IFAB’s Football and Technical Advisory Panels (FAP-TAP), at which particular attention was devoted to the temporary amendment to Law 3 – The Players.

NFLPA Launches Accelerator, DRIVEN, to Help Close Diversity Gap in Licensing


To address the diversity gap in licensing, the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) today unveiled a new business accelerator – Driven. This program is committed to advocating for greater inclusion of diverse entrepreneurs and their consumer products while empowering them as agents of change, moving them off the sideline and providing them with a seat and voice at the table.

Swimming Australia Appoint Eugenie Buckley as CEO

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Swimming Australia has appointed experienced sports administrator Eugenie Buckley as CEO of the organisation, effective immediately.

Currently working in an interim capacity, Buckley has been leading the organisation for the past two months. Her strategic vision and action oriented approach impressed the Board, while the Nominations Committee, who conducted the interview process, found her extensive knowledge of the sports landscape and the people first philosophy she outlined in her interviews showed her to be the lead candidate. 

WADA President calls on Governments to implement sanction framework for UNESCO’s International Convention Against Doping in Sport


The President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Witold Bańka, was in Paris today to address the 8th Session of the Conference of Parties to the UNESCO International Convention against Doping in Sport (Convention) being held from 26-28 October 2021. The Convention, which is the legal framework under which Governments can address anti-doping issues, is the second most successful in the history of UNESCO, in terms of the pace of ratification, with only four countries of the world yet to Register.

Independent complaint handling process confirmed for Football Australia

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Sport Integrity Australia and Football Australia have today confirmed the details of an independent complaints and reports handling, investigation, and disciplinary framework. 

Under the framework, Sport Integrity Australia will consider complaints and reports on a range of allegations including abuse, bullying, child abuse, child grooming, endangering the safety of a child, harassment, sexual misconduct, unlawful discrimination, victimisation, and vilification at the elite levels of Australian football.

Governance, women's football and Emirates FA Cup discussed council

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Set out below is an update on the key topics discussed at our Council meeting which took place on Thursday 21 October. 

Council Membership

Our Council welcomed the following  new members who had joined since the previous meeting:
• Nuala Walsh – Inclusion Representative
• Michael Banham – Norfolk County FA
• Darius Charles – AFC Wimbledon, representing the EFL
• Emma Clarke – The FA Youth Council

Leaked email shows unvaccinated players may be able to compete at Australian Open

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A leaked email sent to WTA players has said that unvaccinated players may be able to travel to the country and compete after 14 days quarantine, contradicting advice from the Australian government.

Immigration minister Alex Hawke recently said unvaccinated players and those who would not reveal their vaccination status would not be allowed to enter Australia and therefore unable to compete in the Australian Open, the state of Victoria, where the tournament takes place, requires all professional athletes to be vaccinated to compete.

iNADO feedback to the Review of WADA Governance Reforms

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The Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations (iNADO) has reviewed the second interim report of the Working Group (WG) on the review of WADA Governance Reforms and taken the opportunity to provide feedback in line with the considerations of adequate representation for those bound by the Code, independence in the decision-making process, transparency, and efficiency.

Beijing 2022 Playbooks published

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the Beijing Organising Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (Beijing 2022) published the first editions of the Beijing 2022 Playbooks today. 

RFU announces bid to host Rugby World Cup in 2025

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Since England last hosted the RWC in 2010 and won it in 2014, women’s rugby has grown exponentially with World Rugby stating the women’s game is the single biggest opportunity to grow the sport globally. 

The Red Roses are the number one ranked team in the world and the RFU has grown female participation in England from 13,000 to 40,000 registered players in clubs, with a growing pipeline of 80,000 girls playing in schools, colleges and universities.   

British para-cyclist receives three-year ban


British para-cyclist Erin McBride has been banned from all sport for a period of three years following Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs) for the presence and Use of a Prohibited Substance.

65 suspicious betting alerts reported by IBIA in Q3 2021


he International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) reported 65 cases of suspicious betting to the relevant authorities during the third quarter (Q3) of 2021. The Q3 2021 total represents a 14% decrease compared to Q3 2020, which saw 76 alerts. The Q3 2021 alerts covered tennis (23 cases), football (18), table tennis (17), esports (2) and one each in handball, cricket, squash, basketball and futsal. From a geographical perspective, Europe accounted for nearly 60% of all alerts reported during Q3, followed by Asia with 15% and Africa 12%.

Learn how to safeguard your sport

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To mark National Children’s Week, Sport Integrity Australia has today launched its inaugural Child Safeguarding in Sport Induction e-Learning course.

The e-Learning course complements the National Integrity Framework Child Safeguarding Policy and has been developed for any person and any organisation who is bound by the policy, such as National Sporting Organisations (NSOs), State Sporting Organisations (SSOs), clubs/affiliated bodies, boards, committees, participants, employees, coaches, contractors, officials, and support personnel.

WADA adds three National Anti-Doping Organizations to compliance ‘watchlist’



As part of a circulatory vote that ended yesterday, the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA’s)  Executive Committee (ExCo) approved the 7 October recommendation from the Agency’s independent Compliance Review Committee (CRC) to add the following three National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs) to the compliance ‘watchlist’[1]:

  • German Community of Belgium;
  • Montenegro; and
  • Romania.

The ITA is granted observer status of the Monitoring Group for the Council of Europe’s Anti-Doping Convention

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The International Testing Agency (ITA) has been granted observer status with the monitoring group of the Anti-Doping Convention of the Council of Europe. The convention lays down binding rules on the 47 member states of the Council of Europe and 5 other states (Australia, Belarus, Canada, Morocco, and Tunisia) with a view to harmonise anti-doping regulations and to promote the important role of sport in moral and physical education as well as in international understanding.

New women's football strategy in Liechtenstein


In its new national football strategy, entitled ‘Gemeinsam.2026’ (Together.2026), the Liechtenstein Football Association (LFV) has made it clear that women’s football is now ready for the next stage in its development.

ITA welcomes WADA global and regional leaders to discuss complementary actions for clean sport

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In order to strengthen the worldwide complementary activities of the ITA and WADA and to discuss concrete joint actions in favour of clean sport, ITA Director General Benjamin Cohen welcomed WADA global and regional leaders to ITA's Lausanne headquarters last week. Next to a deeper exchange on specific projects, both organisations recognised the importance of creating increased awareness of each organisation’s respective roles and responsibilities by various stakeholders.

Macedonian Esports Federation - IESF's Member Nation


To succeed in our mission to create a united World Esport we need really big support and the biggest support we get is from our 109 Member nations, national federations from all around the world!

It’s really important to show you who are our Member Nations!

Today we are presenting the Macedonian Esports Federation!

CAF Executive Committee receives comprehensive AFCON preparation update focusing on infrastructure readiness

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The CAF Executive Committee met today, on Monday, 25 October 2021 on videoconference chaired by President, Dr Patrice Motsepe.

TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon, 2021 report:

The Executive Committee received a comprehensive report from the CAF Organising Committee delegation led by Vice President Augustin Senghor and General Secretary, Veron Mosengo-Omba who recently visited Cameroon.

FIFPRO to host football governance forum in Brussels

  • With major decisions ahead, event brings together player unions and leagues
  • FIFPRO’s Jonas Baer-Hoffmann to call for urgent remodeling of football governance
  • Premier League, Eredivisie and Superliga among stakeholders participating

ITA Chair addresses National Olympic Committees at ANOC General Assembly

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Dr Valérie Fourneyron, the chair of the ITA Foundation Board, was honoured to address National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and representatives of the international sports movement at the 25th ANOC General Assembly. the focus was on the successful cooperation in the implementation of the independent anti-doping programme at the Olympic Games in Tokyo that the ITA had managed, the upcoming winter games in Beijing and increased cooperation regarding major continental events.

WADA President emphasizes important role of National Olympic Committees in speech to the Association of National Olympic Committees


Yesterday, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) President, Witold Bańka, delivered a speech to the 25th General Assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) held in Crete, Greece.

Speaking to the assembled delegates from the world’s 205 National Olympic Committees (NOCs), Mr. Bańka emphasized the importance of the role of NOCs in anti-doping.

Players in Australia welcome new deal about working conditions

Security, stability and a more professional working environment, those are the main accomplishments for men and women footballers in Australia enjoy with their new collective deal.

Recently, Professional Footballers Australia (the PFA) and the Australian Professional League announced a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) for the next five years. Ally Green and Alex Wilkinson were part of the union’s negotiation team. Both players shared their thoughts with FIFPRO about the deal.

British para-cyclist receives three-year ban


British para-cyclist Erin McBride has been banned from all sport for a period of three years following Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs) for the presence and Use of a Prohibited Substance.

Paralympic Track & Field Athlete Desmond Jackson Receives 14-Month Sanction for Anti-Doping Rule Violation


USADA announced today that an independent arbitrator from the American Arbitration Association (AAA) has concluded the case of Paralympic track and field athlete Desmond Jackson, of Durham, N.C., and determined that Jackson should receive a 20-month sanction for his anti-doping rule violation, which USADA then reduced to 14 months based on Jackson’s substantial assistance. The decision comes after the facts of the case were presented and fully argued at an evidentiary hearing on September 23, 2021.


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