Dutch look at Sport Integrity Australia model

  • Media Statement

Sport Integrity Australia CEO David Sharpe has held talks with the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport to share experiences in the Australian and Dutch approach on sport integrity.

The meeting, held at the request of the Netherland’s Government, discussed a range of issues including the challenges in anti-doping, safeguarding, the manipulation of sporting events and a vision for a possible future.

Sport Integrity Australia, which was established on 1 July 2020, is seen as a model for a number of countries seeking to establish a sport integrity body which overseas anti-doping, safeguarding, wagering and the manipulation of sporting events.

Mr Sharpe said the importance of building global partnerships can’t be underestimated.

“Global collaboration is the key to ensure the success of sport integrity agencies and while we were able to pass on our experiences in establishing Sport Integrity Australia, we also gained a great deal from the meeting with the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport.”

The Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport is currently investigating their approach on sport integrity and safety and looking at Sport Integrity Australia as a possible model.

“Integrity and safety in sport is a priority for the Netherlands’ Government. Besides sharing our experiences, the Australian approach on sports integrity is one that we are keen to learn from,” Martijn Kooijman, deputy director Sport, said.

“It was a pleasure to welcome Sport Integrity Australia at the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport in The Hague, and let’s meet again soon,” Mr Kooijman said.

Sport Integrity Australia is hoping to host a Dutch delegation later in the year.

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