Integrity in Sport

Integrity in Sport        
Prepared by  Prepared by: Chris Hume and Christine May, Senior Research Consultants, NSIC/Clearinghouse, Sport Australia
evaluated by  Evaluation by: Dr Paul Oliver, Director, Oliver and Thompson Consultancy (February 2018)
Reviewed by  Reviewed by network: Australian Sport Information Network (AUSPIN)
Last updated  Last updated: 12 April 2019
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Unfair play and inappropriate behaviour in sport can be dated back to ancient times. More recently, issues concerning poor integrity, corruption, and incidents of unethical behaviour, appear to be more prevalent in sport. These include illegal and unethical activities such as match-fixing, the use of insider information for illegal betting purposes, the use of performance and image enhancing drugs (PIEDs), and discrimination or abuse directed at sporting officials, athletes or other persons in a sporting context.

Key Messages 


Participation in sport should be based upon the concepts of fairness, fun, sportsmanship, respect, safety, and personal and collective responsibility.


There are a number of 'threats' posed to the integrity of sport, including match fixing, results manipulation, gambling, doping, corruption, discrimination, general member protection issues, and unethical behaviour.


Rules; codes of conduct; good governance principles; ongoing monitoring and review; and the threat of appropriate sanctions and penalties, are important safeguards protecting the integrity of sport and sports participants.


Informed and ethical decision making is a key element ensuring sports and sports participants maintain integrity in their choices and actions.

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