PROVIDING INFORMATION TO DFSNZ
With anti-doping stories prominent in the media and athletes publicly taking a stand against doping at the recent Rio Olympics, it seems a good time to talk about how people can provide information about doping to authorities here in New Zealand.
WHEN AND WHERE?
No matter where you are in the world, you can get in contact with Drug Free Sport New Zealand. Completing the form on the DFSNZ website (www.drugfreesport.org.nz) or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org connects you straight to the intelligence unit of DFSNZ. You can also call 0800 DRUGFREE and speak to a member of DFSNZ.
WHERE DOES THE INFORMATION I PROVIDE GO TO?
All information goes straight to the DFSNZ Intelligence Unit. While you are not required to provide contact details, allowing intelligence staff at DFSNZ to contact you and clarify or expand on any parts of your information, significantly increases our ability to thoroughly investigate allegations of doping. We treat all information with the utmost care for privacy and confidentiality and adhere to the New Zealand Guidelines for Protection of Official Information.
WHAT SORT OF INFORMATION IS IMPORTANT?
All information about doping activity is important. It can be as simple as seeing something suspicious, or overhearing people talk about doping. Often a small piece of information from someone will add to information already held by DFSNZ and together this can amount to sufficient evidence to take action.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
Intelligence staff will assess the information you have provided to determine the appropriate action. The more information you are able to provide; the more chance we will be able to take action. Sometimes however, we may need to gather more intelligence or wait for more information to be received in order to have sufficient information to proceed. This is important – sometimes like strands of a rope – many pieces of information are required to build a strong case. In cases where we have sufficient information to proceed, an investigation is commenced and investigators will gather evidence in order to determine whether an Anti-Doping Rule Violation has occurred. If an ADRV is established, work then begins to bring a case before the Sports Tribunal.