Membership in the Macolin Convention is on the table for the New Zealand government. Sport New Zealand feels it will improve sporting integrity.
The Crown entity watches over sport and recreation for the country and its recommendations are taken seriously.
The group has undertaken considerable public consultation including individuals and organizations of interest in the sports system.
As a result, Sport NZ is proposing 22 recommendations in key areas such as dispute reporting and resolution, partner capability and compliance, education, resources and tools, policy and enforcement.
The gambling industry is also covered in a recommendation to investigate the existence of an adequate child protection policy.
Also of import are recommendations to explore parent and coach education programs in various areas such as match-fixing.
Sports complaints are within the purview of Sport NZ and it proposes a sports mediation service to handle them.
There is more. Sport NZ wants to establish a central online repository for sport integrity guidance and resources. It intends to focus on its Safe Sport for Children program to reflect new legislative actions.
Furthermore, the annual Voice of the Participant survey will focus on integrity to better understanding the impact of integrity-related issues on participation. Sport NZ has pledged to expand its work with anti-doping agency, Drugfree Sport NZ, to clamp down on drug-related cheating in domestic sports.
In an official statement, the group stated,
“Work is well underway on a number of the recommendations, with some seeking to build on successful projects or programmes that are already in place.”