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Detection and enforcement

Principle 4: Sporting organisations should ensure that SSSM policies are enforced, including appropriate sanctions for breaches, and that confidential processes are available to allow reporting of suspected breaches.

Commentary and guidance

Sporting organisations should ensure that they have in place robust processes for dealing with any alleged or suspected breaches of any of their SSSM policies.  The organisation should have formal investigation and disciplinary processes applicable to SSSM policy breaches by employees and athletes, for example under the organisation’s code of conduct.  Breaches by contractors should be addressed via the provisions of their contract.

Appropriate sanctions should be available to the organisation where an individual is found to have breached a policy.  Sanctions should reflect the seriousness of the breach.

Sporting organisations should implement and promote a confidential process to allow the reporting of a suspected breach of a SSSM policy (or anti-doping policy) or alleged unethical or inappropriate SSSM practices, for example under a whistleblower procedure.  Such process might include direct reporting to the CEO of the organisation to ensure confidentiality and that any suspected breaches of policy are raised at the most senior level within the organisation.

Investigations of alleged anti-doping violations will be covered under the organisation’s anti-doping policy.  Where applicable, the organisation must refer a matter directly to ASADA or relevant law enforcement agency as appropriate.

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