ASADA welcomes new Minister for Sport

28 May 2019

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) would like to welcome the new Minister for Sport, Senator the Hon. Richard Colbeck, and is looking forward to working together and continuing our mission of building a sporting landscape that is clean and fair.

ASADA CEO David Sharpe says he makes no apologies for upholding high standards for sports integrity domestically.

“At its core, ASADA is here to protect the health of athletes and the integrity of Australian sport through providing a world-leading anti-doping program for Australia,” Mr Sharpe says. “We are committed to working with Minster Colbeck and the Australian Government and continuing this objective.”

Mr Sharpe would also like to acknowledge the vision and leadership shown by the former Minister for Sport, Senator the Hon. Bridget McKenzie, in paving the way for sports integrity reform with the development of Sport Integrity Australia and a National Sports Tribunal.

“These landmark reforms will help safeguard the integrity of Australian sport, combating present, emerging and future threats from doping, match fixing, illegal betting, organised crime and corruption.”

The establishment of a new single sports integrity agency will bring together ASADA, the National Integrity of Sport Unit (NISU) and the national sports integrity functions of Sport Australia.

ASADA CEO David Sharpe says the benefits of the reforms are wide-ranging.

“The new agency provides a one-stop shop for sports integrity, providing easier access for sport but will also enhance the effective coordination and dissemination of intelligence,” he says.

The new body was established in response to the Review of Australia’s Sports Integrity Arrangements, chaired by Justice James Wood.

Minister Colbeck will also take on the portfolios of the Youth and Aged Care and Senior Australians.