Sport is one of Canada’s greatest collective passions. It has the ability to unite people, breaking down regional, political, cultural and economic differences. Its benefits are nothing less than astounding. But it is always just one scandal away from losing its positive impact. That is why we need to always be aware of what is going on in sport and share the responsibility of its protection.
Clearly, doping remains the single biggest threat to sport, but it is not the only ethical issue. Some threats are apparent, like violence, harassment and exclusion, while others lurk just below the surface – like gambling, match fixing and the sideline behaviour of some parents. There also remain quiet prejudices, such as homophobia and racism. Even the governance of our community sport system is vulnerable to mismanagement and exploitation.
Building on ten years of work by Federal, Provincial and Territorial governments and leading sport organizations (through the former True Sport Secretariat and its Steering Committee), the CCES is working to prevent unethical behaviours and promote ethical conduct in sport that will contribute to the long-term goals of the Canadian Strategy for Ethical Conduct in Sport.
With this in mind and with an eye to the future, we are sharing links to information and tools on the ethical issues that Canadians have told us matter the most. We encourage you to join the conversation and let us know what other ethical sport issues are important to you.
Melia's Take: Ethics in Sport
I'm Paul Melia, President and CEO of the CCES. I’m also a parent, coach, sports fan and player. This blog is written from all those perspectives…