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David Sharpe has left Sport Integrity Australia. Image: AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

David Sharpe has left Sport Integrity Australia. Image: AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Australian sports regulator David Sharpe is stepping down after four years at the helm of Sport Integrity Australia.

Sharpe took up the role in June 2020 when the SIA replaced the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) and assumed comprehensive investigative powers into sport integrity issues across all major disciplines, including the AFL and NRL.

He has been involved in a number of sports investigations and the SIA has been able to deal with hundreds of complaints per year under his leadership. Top bodies for gymnastics, swimming, football, equestrian and hockey have undergone significant reforms following independent investigations.

Sharpe said sport had come a long way in Australia since the formation of the SIA and emphasised the creation of a national integrity framework for the whole of sport.

“I have always said we must work together to protect sport and the National Integrity Framework is proof of that,” he said in a statement on Wednesday.

A successor for Sharpe has not yet been chosen. He will step down on August 2 this year, in the middle of the Olympic Games in Paris, and an interim CEO will be appointed.

As a federal agency, the SIA was given more powers under a change in law when it was created, allowing it to target people who are what Sharpe called “enablers” of corruption, from trafficking in controlled substances to organized crime.

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