Andrew Demetriou on experts panel at sports integrity forum

15/03/2019 // by admin

Outgoing AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou will join an expert panel at an unprecedented integrity forum for Australian sports bosses.
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The new head of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, Ben McDevitt, will also be among the more than 300 guests at the symposium in Melbourne next week.

The panel was to feature the International Olympic Committee’s honorary president, Jacques Rogge, who was planning to make the trip to Australia especially for the event, but he has withdrawn because of ill health.

Demetriou has since been confirmed as a panellist and will join Australian Sports Commission CEO Simon Hollingsworth, ethicist Dr Pippa Grange, Professor Hans Westerbeek, who is the Dean of Victoria University’s College of Sport and Exercise Science, and world champion rower and Australian Olympic Committee Athlete Commission chair Kim Crow.

Demetriou will have no shortage of experiences to call upon having led the AFL through various salary cap and gambling-related probes, the Melbourne “tanking” episode and the continuing doping investigation into the code by ASADA.

Australian sports legend and Swimming Australia president John Bertrand will also be among the key speakers and, in driving the event, he recently told Fairfax Media it could be the most significant meeting of minds yet in Australia on a topic that that has proved highly threatening to sport around the world.

Another confirmed attendee is former World Anti-Doping Agency boss John Fahey, who at times last year antagonised Demetriou and Essendon with his observations about the as yet unresolved doping probe.

Australian Cricketers Association CEO Paul Marsh, the former Australian Institute of Sport boss and new Anti-Doping Rule Violation Panel member, Dr Peter Fricker, and Victorian Institute of

Sport CEO Anne Marie Harrison will also be among the guests.

There will be strong AFL club representation at the “Winning at What Price?” forum, and several members of the AFL’s integrity unit will attend.

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