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Australia’s Olympic athletes and officials are getting a helping hand from law firm Slater and Gordon, an Official Partner of the Australian Olympic Team (AOC).
Burwood lawyer, Rabia Javed, is part of a team of Slater and Gordon solicitors around the country who are witnessing anti-doping legal documents for athletes ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games this August.
The Olympic Team Membership Agreements strengthen the AOC’s stance against doping by requiring athletes and officials to sign a statutory declaration confirming they have no history of doping.
Athletes can only be selected for the Olympic team once they have signed-up, and if anyone makes a false declaration, they face being kicked off the team and even risk criminal charges.
Ms Javed said the firm had witnessed the signing of nearly 1,000 declarations for budding Olympians at sporting events, uniform fittings and individual appointments across the nation.
“As a keen sports fan and passionate lawyer, I’m pleased to be part of the legal team helping athletes and officials with these important documents in the lead up to the Olympics,” she said.
“I have witnessed declarations for badminton and table tennis players, plus swimmers at their official uniform fitting sessions and most recently, Australia’s national men’s basketball team, the Boomers.
“Helping our country’s brightest sporting achievers meet their legal obligations has been a real honour, and I can’t wait to see them compete in Rio in August.”
Chef de Mission of the 2016 Australian Olympic Team, Kitty Chiller said the AOC was excited to partner with Slater and Gordon as a valued member of the Australian Olympic Team.
“The Australian Olympic Committee is committed to the fight against doping in sport and has been at the forefront of protecting the integrity of sport for many years,” she said.
“We are very happy to be working with Slater and Gordon to assist our athletes and officials as part of this process.”
Slater and Gordon is the Official Law Firm of the Australian Olympic Team. The partnership is the first of its kind between a law firm and the AOC, and will continue until the end of 2020.