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Sports stars unite against racism

31 May 2013


A group of Australia’s sporting heroes have combined forces to film a new Community Service Announcement (CSA) that will help stamp out incidents of racism and discrimination in sport.

The CSA features athletes from a range of sports and backgrounds — including Adam Goodes, Sally Pearson and Greg Inglis — speaking out against racism and discrimination at the high performance and grassroots sports levels. It is a joint effort by the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Racism. It Stops With Me campaign and the Play by the Rules program.

'Sport is all about having fun, competing safely and getting a fair go, regardless of your skin colour, background or culture,' said Graeme Innes, the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Disability Discrimination Commissioner and a Play by the Rules co-chair.

'Whether you’re a player, spectator or official, there is simply no place for racism or discrimination in sport.'

The CSA is being broadcast nationally until August and is available online. It will also be played by sporting organisations at events.

According to Commissioner Innes, the CSA is being released at just the right time following an incident involving Adam Goodes and a young spectator at an AFL game in Melbourne.

'The racist incident at the Swans versus Collingwood game ... reinforces the need for ongoing education and the importance of calling racism out where it is witnessed,' he said.

Sporting organisations are encouraged to take a stand against racism by committing to the Racism. It Stops With Me campaign, with a range of resources available online at the Play by the Rules website.

More information:

Play by the Rules is a collaboration between the Australian Sports Commission, Australian Human Rights Commission, state and territory departments and agencies, the NSW Commission for Children and Young People and the Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association.

Read more at playbytherules.net.au.

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