Drug Free Sport New Zealand (DFSNZ) CEO Nick Paterson mentioned working in partnership with companies world wide was “the important thing to ridding sport of drug cheats”.
Mr Paterson, who was visiting Sport Integrity Australia this week, mentioned he’s been questioned by his personal athletes for having inflexible testing in New Zealand.
“I make no apologies for testing athletes repeatedly to indicate they’re clear,” he mentioned. “That is simply who we’re as Kiwis. Our integrity is excessive. However I decide to them that we’ll proceed to attempt to get different international locations to raise their sport to verify they do their job higher.
“The integrity is de facto essential to who we’re and what we reside for, that’s why we exist as an company.”
He spoke about the necessity to work collectively within the pursuits of athletes globally.
“If we are able to get Australians athletes clear, and I believe they’re, then Kiwi athletes will profit and vice versa. If we get Pacific athletes clear, if we are able to get Asian athletes, American athletes clear, all of our athletes profit because of this,” he mentioned.
Mr Paterson, whose company has grown from 9 individuals six years in the past to 25 immediately, mentioned getting doping out of sport is finished by way of prevention and deterrence and never by way of detection and prosecution.
“Within the final 12 months we have educated in better numbers than ever earlier than and we have examined in better numbers than ever earlier than,” he mentioned.
“I presume your Australian athletes are clear, so your job and our job is due to this fact to guard our athletes and help our athletes and provides them enough info to not make errors, to not entry doping, to stay true to our tradition and our values.”
He mentioned DFSNZ would grow to be an integrity company in 12 months’ time, overlaying youngster security, athlete welfare, match manipulation and corruption and anti-doping, not solely in sport however lively recreation.
“So, it is now our flip to actually study from what you guys have achieved and the way you have achieved it. I wish to have individuals coming over right here to come back to spend a while to study from you guys first hand, to take the stuff that you have achieved rather well, to see how a lot we are able to copy and replicate and put on the market for New Zealand athletes.”