Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
On Wednesday The Sports Integrity Initiative revealed that Basketball Australia, the national governing body for the sport, had notified the police of allegations of “inappropriate betting” but said that they were “waiting on the police to complete their enquiries” before investigating the matter further internally.
Due to Basketball Australia match-fixing policies, they were unable to specify in which state the alleged breach applied.
The Australian Federal Police told The Sports Integrity Initiative that they were “unable to assist” on the issue, referring questions instead to the respective state police. At the time, a spokesperson for Queensland Police Service (QPS), the law enforcement agency for the State of Queensland, told The Sports Integrity Initiative that it had “checked today with our State Crime Command and it doesn’t appear that QPS are investigating any instances such as this”.
However yesterday evening the QPS contacted The Sports Integrity Initiative, saying that this position had changed and that they were now conducting enquiries.
“The QPS is aware of allegations relating to inappropriate betting and are in the initial stages of conducting enquiries, including liaising with other agencies,” a spokesperson told The Sports Integrity Initiative.
According to Basketball Australia on Wednesday, the issue had already been referred to the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) and the National Integrity for Sport Unit in the Sports Commission.
Basketball Australia are listed as a ‘sports controlling body’ by the VCGLR and therefore are required to report to the VCGLR if any ‘potential and actual breaches of integrity mechanisms’ occur. This is not limited to the state of Victoria, but has a nationwide remit, relating to ‘any basketball match or competition controlled, organized or administered by Basketball Australia including, but not limited to, National Basketball League (NBL) and Women’s Basketball League (WNBL) games.
On 12th February, when the betting allegations were first made public on the Australian radio station SEN, the official Twitter account for basketball at Fairfax Media in Australia, Hoops Heaven, tweeted that ‘the betting speculation which prompted Basketball Australia to release a statement is understood to be not related to the NBL’.