Sports Law Ledger - Monday 14 September 2020

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Catchup on some of the latest sports law and integrity updates from Australia, New Zealand & around the world (copyright remains the property of respective owners):


Integrity, Member Protection - Swimming: Grace was a rising swim star, but the pressure to be thin took her off track

Grace Hull was a gifted junior swimmer and as she began to rise through the state ranks, her coaches sought out any edge they thought would help her swim faster. When she was 15, that included the drastic proposal to have a breast reduction.

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Integrity, Member Protection - Cricket: CA reaches out to victims of racism through new series

CA on Wednesday night unveiled the first of a series of panels titled Cricket Connecting Country. Hosted by CA director Mel Jones, the series aims to examine systemic racism in Australian society and CA's goal to redress injustices from cricket's past.

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Integrity, Anti-Doping - Rugby League: Bronson Xerri: Cronulla Sharks centre’s bold call on possible four-year doping ban

The Honourable Ian Callinan AC QC will chair the NRL Anti-Doping Tribunal - the same former High Court judge who imposed a four-year ban on Sandor Earl in 2015 and Jarrod Mullen in 2017 for anti-doping offences.

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Integrity, Anti-Doping - Weightlifter Aaron Kroll receives sanction for presence, use and possession of a prohibited substance

Sport Integrity Australia acknowledges the decision of the Australian Weightlifting Federation to impose a four-year ban on athlete Aaron Kroll for the presence of a metabolite of a prohibited substance, the use of a prohibited substance and the possession of a prohibited substance. 

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Integrity, Anti-Doping - DFSNZ welcomes findings of review into school rugby anti-doping programme

An independent review commissioned by Drug Free Sport New Zealand (DFSNZ) into its anti-doping programme in school rugby has concluded that DFSNZ’s education programmes in schools should be expanded, and the current limited testing at the 1st XV Top Four tournament should be moved away from schools and into the high performance arena.

Read DFSNZ media release

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Integrity - Australian Rules Football: Sydney Swans player Elijah Taylor charged with aggravated assault of woman in hotel

Sydney Swans rookie Elijah Taylor has been charged with aggravated assault. Police said Taylor assaulted an 18-year-old woman "who is known to him" at a hotel in Perth's CBD over a two-hour period from 6.00am to 8.00am yesterday. He is due to attend a family violence hearing in the Perth Magistrates Court on September 30.

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Integrity - Horse Racing: Jockeys did not cooperate with police, says informant in Weir case

During the second day of the committal hearing into criminal charges of animal abuse and conspiracy to defraud stewards by Darren Weir and his co-accused, Senior Constable Cliff Pickett said whistling and the application of blinkers were cues that were replicated on race day to make horses run faster.

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Integrity - Horse Racing: Court rules RV can use police information in McLean doping case

Disgraced trainer Jarrod McLean faces a life ban from racing for allegedly administering EPO to a racehorse after his attempt to prevent Racing Victoria from using police information was thrown out of the Court Of Appeal.

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Integrity - Horse Racing: Champion New Zealand jockey Chris Johnson fails breathalyser test during race meeting

Champion jockey Chris Johnson could face a suspension after being stood down from riding at Riccarton yesterday for failing a breathalyser test. Johnson is just 10 wins away from becoming New Zealand's most successful jockey for domestic wins but was tested by stewards after riding in the first race and then stood down for the remainder of the meeting.

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Governance - Cycling: Tasmanian Cycling Clubs vote 'Yes' for AusCycling

At the Special General Meeting of the Tasmanian Cycling Federation held on Saturday, all the clubs represented voted unanimously to join AusCycling. This represents a huge show of confidence in the cyclists of Tasmania, who were clearly in support of the model, as the opportunity to unify and grow the sport we all care so deeply about.  

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Governance - Cycling: Crucial time for cycling infrastructure in Australia

The movement to AusCycling could be formalised on September 19, with a General Meeting requested by the five 'yes' votes states to reconsider the resolutions. That could also face opposition, with WestCycle voicing their concerns about the process and stating that the meeting should be cancelled.

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Governance - Australian Rules Football: Inside the bureaucracy of the AFL

In 2003 the AFL employed around 100 staff members. That number then exploded to the point where staff numbers rivalled player numbers. For the first time, see the leaked documents that reveal the inner workings of the AFL empire.

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Governance - Rugby League: Bulldogs premiership winner takes over as women agree to assist fresh Coorey probe

Bulldogs grand final winner Paul Dunn has been installed as president of Canterbury League Club after George Coorey was forced aside and the board decided to commission a new investigation into allegations of his lewd behaviour towards women.

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Governance - Rugby League: Bid to unseat Anderson as Bulldogs boardroom drama heats up

Bulldogs chair Lynne Anderson says she is aware of a plot to unseat her at Belmore as the political turmoil ramps up following the ousting of league club president George Coorey.

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Governance - Taekwondo: Garriock named as new Australian Taekwondo chief executive

Heather Garriock, a former footballer who represented the Matildas at two Olympic Games, has been named as the new chief executive of Australian Taekwondo. The 37-year-old, who was capped 130 times for her country and also had a spell as assistant manager of Australia, says she hopes to bring her international playing and coaching experience to her new role with Australian Taekwondo.

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Governance, Employment - Australian Rules Football: AFL Bullying - 'horror stories' of boys club culture

The ringleader behind an AFL staff uprising has gone public with damning claims of bullying and intimidation, including a leaked email. And Jeff Kennett has backed up the claims from the staffer.

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Governance, Athlete Relations - Football/Soccer: FFA threatens to intervene on A-League wage war

As A-League clubs and the players' union continue their war of words over a reduced pay deal for next season, FFA chief James Johnson has delivered a stark warning to both sides; Sort yourselves out, settle on an agreement - or we will come in and and organise a deal for you, for the good of the game.

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Governance, Athlete Relations - Football/Soccer: A-League ultimatum: Players told to accept pay cuts or be stood down

The threat doesn’t extend to champions Sydney FC, grand finalists Melbourne City and crosstown neighbours Melbourne Victory, who have pledged to keep paying players - no matter what the outcome of increasingly fractious talks between owners and Professional Footballers Australia.

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