A new sporting body in charge of anti-doping, match fixing and overall integrity in local sports will be set up following a public consultation process.
The Authority for Integrity in Maltese Sport will build on the seven main pillars of the national plan for sports, including education, participation and quality of life, sports facilities, sports industry, Gozo, integrity and high performance.
“Through these types of initiatives there will be a leap in terms of quality in administration and education in our country,” said Parliamentary Secretary for Sports Clifton Grima.
The new authority’s objectives will be credibility, transparency, accounting, education, leadership and regulations and will involve the consolidation of the National Anti-Doping Organisation, the Sports Integrity Unit and the Register for Person in Sport.
“We want the government and the authorities to continue coordinating with sports organisations to strengthen governance in sport through integrity,” said Bjorn Vassallo, President of the Malta Football Association, while emphasising the need for a coordinated approach to fight illicitness in sports.
In January, an Attard FC committee member was found guilty of match-fixing and was handed what Vasallo described was a “lenient” sentence of two years in prison, suspended for four, along with a €50,000 fine.
Also present at the launch of the public consultation was President of the Aquatic Sports Association Joe Caruana Curran and President of the Maltese Basketball Association Paul Sultana.
“This authority will serve as a platform for the importance of sports in our country as it addresses problems such as manipulation of competitions and sports events, correction in all forms and at all levels, and doping issues”, said Sultana.
This public consultation is open until March 20 and can be accessed by visiting this link.
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