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Thursday, October 29, 2020
NSGA's Encouraged to Work Together or Be Suspended

Bermuda National Sporting Bodies need to address the Sanction policies in Bermuda before someone gets suspended.

A sports official speaking on terms of anonymity after recently hearing the issue that the Bermuda Rugby Union faced with them looking at a suspension and Fine from World Rugby, as they planned to sanction a “Disapproved Sport” said, “Local Sports Governing Bodies need to get together so that there is clear that any event or tournament run by private individuals or organizations needs to apply for sanction to National Sport Governing Body.

Any National Sport should have the option to delegate sanction authority to the provincial member in which the event or tournament is being played.

Small scale, local tournaments will likely be delegated to provincial members to sanction, but any event involving players from more than one country should need the National Sport Governing Body and for that matter the Department of Youth & Sport sanction.

The policy that the National Sports Governing Bodies should outline is the process of applying for sanction; this process would be designed to allow National Sports Governing Bodies to perform its due diligence in ensuring that the tournament conforms to International requirements for that “Approved Sport”.

International Governing Bodies requires National Bodies to ensure that any event within its jurisdiction complies with its standards, designed to protect the game and its participants.

National Sports Governing Bodies, would always welcome the increasing number of opportunities for players to develop and show their skills in a competitive environment, and the policies that are created will be not designed to discourage organizations and individuals from holding such events. Those planning such tournaments should be aware, however, that due to the work required in order to conform with guidelines, a sanction may take some time to obtain, and organizers should apply well ahead of the planned event.

Events that unsuccessfully apply for sanction may fall under the Governing Bodies designation of “Disapproved Sport”. Players, officials, and clubs who take part in disapproved Sports events may face disciplinary action from the National Sport Governing Body. Tournaments or events that fall under this classification and do not apply for sanction also risk being considered “Disapproved Sport”, and participants run the risk of disciplinary action.
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