Media correction: ABC report about ASADA's legislative powers inaccurate

29 November 2015

Recent reports by ABC journalist Tracey Holmes inaccurately state that the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) is acting beyond its legislative powers.

Unfortunately, the reports are based on a misunderstanding of ASADA’s framework.

ASADA does not mandate any sport to abrogate athletes of their privilege against self-incrimination in anti-doping investigations.

Under ASADA's legislation, sports determine their own anti-doping policies, which are contractual arrangements with their members.

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) amended their anti-doing by-law in August 2013 to include this provision.

ASADA CEO Ben McDevitt said: “The AOC is a fantastic partner and ASADA supports them for going above and beyond in its fight against doping.”

“Many other sports have also chosen to include the provision in their own anti-doping policies and they too have ASADA’s full support in their commitment to protecting their clean athletes.”