New Zealand Olympic Committee tightens anti-doping obligations

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The New Zealand Olympic Committee is (NZOC) leading the way in protecting clean athletes and deterring potential cheaters.

From Inside the Games

The New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) has strengthened its integrity requirements for athletes and national bodies in an attempt to protect clean sport.

Ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, NZOC has made significant changes to its Integrity Regulation.

It claims the amendments give better protection to whistleblowers, more effective doping sanctions and increased corruption-reporting guidelines for both sports organisations and athletes.

The new obligations will apply to the NZOC and its 57 member federations.

The changes are in relation to the revised World Anti-Doping Code, which will come into force in January 2021, as well as the recent amendments to the Olympic Movement Code for the Manipulation of Competitions.

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Athlete Committee chairman and NZOC Athletes’ Commission and Integrity Committee member Ben Sandford said the new regulations will better protect clean athletes.

“The 2021 Code is a significant step forward for athletes, there are a lot of improvements particularly around athletes’ rights,” Sandford said.

“In New Zealand, we continue to lead the way in our stand against doping and I’m extremely pleased the NZOC is completely on board.”

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New Zealand Cross Country Championships date change: 

Competition Update: 2020 NZ Cross Country Championships Postponed to Saturday 29 August

As we wait for further guidance from the government on large gatherings, the decision has been made to postpone the 2020 NZ Cross Country Championships to Saturday 29 August. The event was previously scheduled for Saturday 1 August.

This date change has been made following consultation with the running community and aims to provide an additional 4 weeks for regional and club cross country races to take place (subject to government restrictions).

Venue: As previously planned, the event venue will be Chisholm Park Golf Club in Otago.
Entries: We aim to open entries for the NZ Cross Country Championships in early-July, however, this is subject to change based on government advice for hosting large events.

The current Competitions calendar is available to view here: https://bit.ly/2020WinterEvents

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