(Sport and Recreation Alliance) Sport has generated a lot of media attention this week following the publication of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee’s report, Combatting Doping in Sport. Among many things, the report reinforces the importance of sports bodies developing the right internal culture and behaviours to minimise the risk of conduct prejudicial to the integrity of sport. It also raises some broader questions over the ‘no compromise’ funding policy which underpins elite sport.
The new A Code for Sports Governance makes clear that all sports organisations receiving public funding must now show they recognise the potential threats to integrity, including doping, and put in place measures to protect their sports. Sports which do not comply risk having funding withheld or withdrawn.