It can be tiresome. The question begs to be asked. What are you doing? That is the question sport stakeholders want to ask sports leaders every single day of the month. What is wrong with you people? Why can’t you lot get it right for once?
You feel the doors closing in and a pervasive sense of failure, or maybe it is futility or is perceived as suffocating.
Mario Villarroel Lander
National Sports Organisations oversee their respective sports and are responsible for ensuring that the core values of their sport are communicated and adhered to. As an example, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is obliged to support and encourage the promotion of ethics and good governance in sport
NSOs are expected to create policy frameworks and internal control systems. It is important that NSOs accept this responsibility
How do stakeholders monitor NSOs to ensure they are doing the right thing?
Recently, I was reading about the Nolan Principles. They are principles that can apply to NSOs
The seven Nolan Principles are:
Selflessness: Holders of public office should act solely in terms of public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other benefits for themselves, their family or friends
Integrity: Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial obligation or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their official duties
Objectivity: In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit
Accountability: Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office
Openness: Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interests clearly demand it
Honesty: Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest
Leadership: Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example
It is said that the Nolan Principles can provide a helpful guide to voluntary bodies regardless of their legal status or size. The principles can assist in setting the standards of behaviour expected of an organisation’s leaders.
According to ICSA sports governance handbook authors Kevin Carpenter, Amanda Bennett and Rob Wilson, in making the case for the use of the Nolan Principles within the sports sector, the adoption of trusted principles can help build the confidence of stakeholders and align with organisational values that everyone can demonstrate
Editor’s Note : Brian Lewis is the president of the T&T Olympic Committee and the views expressed are not necessarily those of the organisation.