Published Wednesday 07 May 2014

New Zealand Olympic Committee Board Member and Chair of the organisation’s Integrity Working Group Liz Dawson signalled today that by 2016 all sports would need to implement a sports match-fixing and betting policy in order to be eligible for the Olympic Games in Rio.

The announcement comes on the back of Sport NZ’s release of a national policy on sports match-fixing and related corruption and was discussed with National Sporting Organisations today at the Olympic and Commonwealth Games Members Forum in Auckland.

Dawson said that the New Zealand Olympic Committee recognised the threat to sport and athletes as corruption-related issues become increasingly prevalent in the international world of sport.

“We’re committed to promoting a level playing field in sport and protecting our athletes,” she said.

“The implementation of an appropriate anti-corruption policy will be presented to the New Zealand Olympic Committee board as another way we can support the fight against corruption in New Zealand. We’re delighted that Sport NZ’s policy has been released and implementation will take place over the coming two years.

“We continue to work alongside Sport NZ and other agencies on matters of sports integrity.”

Dawson said the NSOs would not need to implement two separate policies, as long as the minimum requirements of the national policy were met. She added that the New Zealand Olympic Committee was also implementing formal police vetting protocols ahead of the Youth Olympic Games in China this year and internal codes of conduct around doping, match-fixing and sports betting would also be implemented over the coming year.

New Zealand Rugby CEO Steve Tew and Sport NZ CEO Peter Miskimmin also addressed integrity matters and selection and athlete performance planning were discussed.