Volleyball Australia updates anti-doping policy

In preparation for the ASADA Enhanced Capability Act coming into force on 10 August 2020, and to ensure that volleyball is compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code, Volleyball Australia has updated its anti-doping policy.

This follows the creation of Sport Integrity Australia (SIA), which replaced the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) as the National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO) in Australia from 1 July 2020.

Sport Integrity Australia not only incorporates the anti-doping role of ASADA, but also the functions of the National Integrity of Sport Unit (NISU) and the child protection and safeguarding capabilities from Sport Australia, into the one organisation.

Accordingly, amendments to the ASADA Regulations were made to reflect the change.

In summary the changes include:

  • Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) became Sport Integrity Australia (SIA).
  • Recognition of the National Sports Tribunal (NST) for first instance hearings by all athletes and appeals by non- international-level athletes.
  • Introduction of the concept of ‘lower level athlete’ to allow greater flexibility in dealing with and sanctioning athletes below International or National level.
  • The removal of the Anti-Doping Rule Violation Panel (ADRVP).

For more details about the changes see: Volleyball Australia Anti-Doping Policy (effective from August 10, 2020), and the Fact Sheet from Sport Integrity Australia

In its expanded role, Sport Integrity Australia has been established to help protect sport against integrity threats beyond Anti-Doping including:

  • The manipulation of sporting competitions.
  • The use of drugs and doping methods in sport.
  • The abuse of children and other persons in a sporting environment.
  • Failure to protect participants of sporting organisations from bullying, intimidation, discrimination or harassment.