Cricket Australia will join the Australian Football League, Australia Rugby Union, National Rugby League and Football Federation of Australia at a special event in Sydney today to commit to creating inclusive sporting cultures and eliminating homophobia in sport.
In a world-first, all major professional sports in Australia have collectively committed to tackle discrimination based on sexual orientation through the Anti-Homophobia and Inclusion Framework. This includes an agreement to implement anti-homophobia and inclusion policies by the end of August 2014 to coincide with The Bingham Cup 2014, the World Cup of Gay Rugby.
Nathan Lyon and Alex Blackwell will represent Australian Cricket at the event alongside Nick Farr-Jones (Rugby), Greg Inglis and Matthew Johns (NRL), Phil Davis and Mike Pyke (AFL), Sasa Ognenovski and Sara Walsh (Football). Also in attendance will be executives from each of the five sports.
Blackwell and Australian men’s Head Coach Darren Lehmann have also signed up as ambassadors to support the framework.