Sport New Zealand Proposes Government Joins Macolin Convention

Sport New Zealand, the Crown body responsible for regulating sport and recreation, has released a sequence of suggestions on how to enhance the quality of sport in the nation, including a proposition for the Government to sign up to the Macolin Convention.

The suggestions lead from a wide-ranging public consultation seeking the opinions of multiple organisations and people engaged in the sports scheme across the nation.

Sport NZ made a total of 22 suggestions in six main fields:conflict reporting and resolution, partner capacity and compliance, schooling, assets and instruments, strategy and implementation.

These suggestions included proposals related to the gambling industry, including a suggestion to explore alternatives to ensure that all sports organisations have a child protection agent and child protection policy in place.

Sport NZ also suggested to explore whether it’s parent and coach education work-streams could add more to child protection, as well as to consider the option of implementing a government-provided match-fixing education program and a domestic match-fixing intelligence reporting point.

The organisation has also set out pilot plans for an independent sports complaint management system and has investigated whether a sports mediation service should be established.

Sports NZ said in terms of new industry tools, it could set up a central online repository for sport integrity guidance and resources, as well as update its’ Safe Sport for Children ‘ guidance to reflect recent legislative changes.

It will also include integrity-related problems in its annual’ Voice of the Participant ‘ study to obtain a clearer knowledge of respondents ‘ opinions on the integrity of sport and the effect of integrity-related problems on involvement.

The Council of Europe Convention on the Handling of Sports Competitions, also referred as the Macolin Convention, has also been recognised, with Sport NZ stating that it will consider entering the contract with its neighbour Australia.

Sport NZ argued that while the country supports the general intention of the Convention, it has not yet signed it, as the obligations would entail a cost to New Zealand and potentially legislative changes. It added, however, that if a government-provided a match-fixing educational program and a key reporting point were developed, “these institutions would go a long way to meeting these obligations, meaning additional costs were minimal”.