A new code of ethics has been introduced by the New Zealand Olympic Committee for support staff at major Games, including the Olympics ©Getty Images

A new integrity regulation has been adopted by the New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) to try to ensure the rights of clean athletes and competitions are protected. 

The NZOC chief executive Kereyn Smith claimed the new egulation is another step towards ensuring the highest standards of integrity are maintained in the New Zealand sporting system.

“Our aim is to work with international and national bodies to provide a coordinated approach to integrity issues," she said.

"Our new integrity framework includes anti-doping, match-fixing, betting and corruption, and support staff regulations as well as a new code of ethics for New Zealand Olympic Committee employees and appointed personnel, including the Games team support staff. ”

The new regulations are in line with the new World Anti-Doping Agendcy code, Sport NZ’s integrity policies and steps by the International Olympic Committee to ensure the athlete entourage is also engaged in the protection of athletes.

The code of ethics will ensure NZOC personnel are also playing a role in integrity in sport, it is claimed.

“We will now require National Sporting Organisations to develop rules or policies to combat illegal sport betting as well as have processes in place for the protection of whistle blowers and a disciplinary process,” said Smith.

“This is consistent with Sport NZ policy and means all sports with athletes competing at the Rio Olympic Games will be accountable in the fight against irregular sports betting. ”

The Games team support staff agreements will add further protection for athletes and sport in matters from doping to discrimination and unsporting behaviour, Smith claimed.