Posted December 04, 2015 00:45:35

Australian Olympic Committee boss John Coates has admitted to becoming embarrassed by the sports body he when presided more than.

Speaking to ABC NewsRadio Mr Coates defended a controversial requirement for sports to compel their athletes to forego their legal “proper to silence” or miss selection for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

The provision is contained in the 2015 Anti Doping Policy sent by ASADA for adoption by all sports but early this week it was discovered Rowing Australia had uploaded the current version of the policy, minus the essential provision that states:

“The frequent law privileges against self-incrimination … are abrogated by this post.”

Mr Coates stated as soon as he was alerted to the omission he contacted Rowing Australia to ask why they had been the only Olympic sport not to have adopted the provision.

“Yeah, I rang them. I stated ‘do you know you did not do this,’ and they got the shock of their life,” he stated.

“It was a private embarrassment to me due to the fact I’m a former president of that physique and a former honorary secretary.”

It was place down to “administrative error”.

Mr Coates, who is also a vice president of the International Olympic Committee, is identified to support a hardline method to doping in sport and during a Senate inquiry in 2013 referred to as for criminal sanctions to be imposed against athletes who withheld details from the ASADA investigators.

Even though ASADA was offered a quantity of coercive powers, athletes having to forego the appropriate to silence was not 1 of them.

By inserting it into the Anti-Doping Policy template though, at the request of the Australian Olympic Committee, ASADA now has that energy.

Mr Coates said clean athletes had been happy to comply with a quantity of intrusions in order to shield sport from doping.

He described the intrusions — such as becoming accessible at any time for drug testing — as “element of the privilege of being an Olympian, part of the privilege of participating in the sport”.

“If it really is good adequate for ASIC (Australian Securities Investment Commission) to have these quite exact same coercive powers even when they may possibly self-incriminate and lead to economic penalties and to criminal sanctions, jail terms … in order to preserve the financial integrity of our financial markets, our position is it really is also great adequate to preserve the integrity of sport,” he stated.

Nevertheless, where ASIC has been provided that power via legislation, ASADA has not.

Mr Coates was asked to comment on the concerns of athletes and player unions who have spoken out publicly against the abrogation of the appropriate to silence.

“These are the unions who are not elected representatives of the athletes,” he mentioned, “I know who they are.”

He was asked no matter whether he thought players or athletes must not have union bodies representing them.

“I feel our position is that all bodies ought to have athletes representatives on their board who are elected by the athletes themselves,” Mr Coates said.

“That is the case with the Athletes Commissions in the national federations and the Australian Olympic Committee.

“It is not some other self-appointed physique that goes out and negotiates wages and other matters for them.”

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