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Volume: 15 Issue: 4
(April 2017)

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Whistleblowing in sport

Conceptually, a whistleblower in sport enables critical information to get to those who can act to protect a sport’s integrity. The whistleblower may possess or provide the evidence necessary to act on past, current or anticipated wrongful behaviour. Their information may lead to securing a conviction, the suspension of participants or the prevention of the wrongful act occurring. On 9 March 2017 the World Anti-Doping Agency (‘WADA’) launched its ‘Speak Up!’ initiative to provide a ‘secure digital platform’ to enable athletes to report any act or omission that could undermine the fight against doping in sport. Jack Mitchell, a Barrister at Old Square Chambers, provides detailed analysis of whistleblowing systems, the obstacles that may arise, and WADA’s new initiative, and provides insight into the experiences gained across other industries.

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