Date: February 08, 2013
Author: Golf Australia

Golf Australia’s response to ACC findings on drugs in sport

In a week of significant news for Australian sport and as a governing body representing a sport with more than 1.2 million players each year, we fully support the current unified zero tolerance stance being implemented by other major sporting codes. Quite simply drugs, corruption and crime have no place in sport and all sports must be committed to this cause. Golf remains a low-risk sport in that players do not gain the material advantages via PIEDs that occur in some other sports. Golf Australia CEO Stephen Pitt says golf is in a unique position. One of golf’s great strengths is that there is immense respect and understanding for the spirit of the game. Golf is a rarity in many ways because its players are expected to call penalties on themselves that only they may be aware of. Cheating remains the most despised act in golf at any level, Pitt said. For many people, golf’s core values of honesty, fairness and good sportsmanship play a big role in why they play the game, Pitt said. And as many parents know, it is just one reason why golf is such a great sport for young people to become involved with. Golf Australia s anti-doping policy came into effect in 1997 with the purpose of protecting players fundamental right to participate in doping-free sport and to ensure harmonised, coordinated and effective anti-doping programs at the international and national level with regard to detection, deterrence and prevention of doping. Golf Australia is a signatory to the domestic ASADA and international WADA codes.