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NSOs and the Nolan Principle

Venezuela, Caracas
NSOs and the Nolan Principle

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.