Senate hearing begins in to ASADA changes

Senate hearing begins in to ASADA changes

The Australian Athletes’ Alliance is expected to tell a Senate hearing in Canberra today, it is opposed to a stricter anti-doping regime in Australia.

The Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee is inquiring into the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Amendment Bill.

The changes would bring Australia into line with amendments to the World Anti-Doping Code,  which take effect from January 1.

Under the changes, ASADA would work more closely with police and intelligence agencies, and will be permitted to pursue suspected doping cases up to 10 years after the alleged offence

The penalties for first time offences will also be strengthened.

General Secretary of the Australian Athletes Alliance Brendan Schwab¬† will appear at the hearing today, and is expected to argue the Bill breaches athlete’s employment rights, and ultimately doesn’t provide an effective means to combat doping.

President of the Australian Olympic Committee, John Coates will also appear before the Committee today, but he is expected to support the changes to ASADA.

The Committee is due to report by the end of this month.

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