For almost four years, good governance of anti-doping – or the lack of it – has drawn worldwide attention. The combined international-Russian doping scandal in athletics and other sports has forced the World Anti-Doping Agency to review its own governance, so far with little consequence. The anti-doping scene has been marred with conflicts of interests that is weakening its public reputation.
Next year, Play the Game has launched a new project that seeks to define the necessary independence and credibility of those who combat doping at the national level.
The National Anti-Doping Governance Observer (NADGO) uses the framework of the concluded Erasmus+ project, National Sports Governance Observer (NSGO), as a starting point for discussions about how to benchmark national anti-doping governance.
The NSGO project created a robust framework for improving governance in national sports organisations by:
establishing, sustaining and nurturing domestic networks of public authorities and sport stakeholders
exchanging and disseminating good practices
monitoring the implementation of good governance standards
A grant from Erasmus+ allows Play the Game to partner up with athletes, anti-doping bodies, and academic institutions, analysing together how to benchmark good governance in anti-doping.