Gymnastics Australia updates Anti-Doping Policy in line with the newly established integrity body for sports

Following a review into integrity within Australian sport, the newly established Sport Integrity Australia (SIA) has taken over the reins of various sport integrity bodies within Australia.

The introduction of SIA sees the functions of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA), the National Integrity in Sport Unit and the nationally focused integrity functions of Sport Australia including safeguarding sport, come under SIA’s remit.

With ASADA ceasing to exist on 30 June 2020, being replaced by SIA, and with new legislation (Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Amendment (Sport Integrity Australia) Act 2020) coming into effect from 10 August 2020, Gymnastics Australia’s Anti-Doping Policy has been amended accordingly and brings our sport in line with the establishment and role of SIA.

The changes in Policy include:
• Replacing the words Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) with Sport Integrity Australia (SIA);
• Replacing the Court of Arbitration for Sport with the National Sports Tribunal (NST) as the first-instance hearing body for all athletes and the Appeals Division of the NST for appeals for ‘non-international level’ athletes.
• Amending the definition of ‘National Level Athlete’ to introduce the Lower-Level Athlete category to allow greater flexibility in dealing with and sanctioning athletes below International or National level; and
• Removing the Anti-Doping Rule Violation Panel

To view our updated policy, click here

Sport Integrity Australia has been established to help protect sport against integrity threats including:
• manipulation of sporting competitions;
• use of drugs and doping methods in sport;
• abuse of children and other persons in a sporting environment; and
• failure to protect participants of sporting organisations from bullying, intimidation,
• discrimination or harassment.

The body will work closely alongside professional sporting codes, National Sporting Organisations and community level sporting organisations to establish consistent ethical guidelines and regulations within sport.