Leagues and Governing Bodies
Australian cricket's pay dispute "is officially over but there is no peace yet," with Australian Cricketers' Association President Greg Dyer "questioning Cricket Australia's governance in a bid to avoid a repeat of the messy saga," according to Andrew Wu of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. Dyer took a "thinly veiled swipe at the governing body," saying that it was the union and its membership -- and not CA -- who were the "real protectors" of the game. Dyer described the protracted negotiations as the "most difficult and troubling period" he had seen in his six years in the job. The ACA "is desperate for culture change" so that the next deal will be negotiated amid a "more cordial climate." Key figures "from both sides of the bitter feud remain in their posts a month after the dispute reached its climax." CA declined to comment. Dyer: "It is now incumbent on the ACA to do all we can to ensure the likes of this negotiation process never happens again" (SMH, 9/12).
Wallabies captain Michael Hooper said that the team "will take a stand for marriage equality," joining Football Federation Australia, Cricket Australia and the National Rugby League to support the "yes" campaign. The Australian Rugby Union "unveiled a rainbow marriage equality logo on social media on Tuesday as a mark of the organisation's support as Australia braces for a marriage law postal survey" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 9/12).
Worker rights advocates are "patting New Zealand Rugby on the back for letting an independent panel rub salt in its wounds." Human Rights Commission Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Jackie Blue said that adopting the advice in the Respect & Responsibility Review was a "smart business" move for the organization that had "extreme cases of employee misconduct and an entrenched sexist culture" (STUFF, 9/12).
WADA "stopped any further monitoring against Kenya over doping," and said that the country "demonstrated and expressed its commitment to addressed critical issues in the fight against doping in sports." WADA Lead Auditor Kevin Haynes disclosed that the organization directed its compliance unit "not to proceed" with the compliance monitoring procedure against Kenya" (DAILY NATION, 9/11).
The World Curling Federation and Curling Canada will continue to work together in staging a world championship in Canada in '19 (World Men's) and '20 (World Women's). This extends a working arrangement in place since '05 that sees Canada play host to either the World Men's or World Women's Curling Championship on an annual basis (World Curling Federation).