GWIC To Carry Out Box Draw Probe

GWIC will launch an independent review into the NSW box draw processes following a request by Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW).

Adam Dobbin

26 January 2021

THE Greyhound Welfare & Integrity Commission (GWIC) will launch an independent review into the box draw process following a request by Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW).

An uplift in concerns raised by participants has driven the review despite GRNSW boss Tony Mestrov assuring stakeholders the current process is of “the highest integrity”.

“Participants will be aware that GRNSW conducted an audit of the box draw process late last year to provide participants with assurances that the box draw process is fair and robust,” Mestrov said.

 “Despite this audit, some participants have continued to express concerns to GRNSW and GWIC about the box draw process.

“In my view, GRNSW’s automated box draw process is of the highest integrity.

“However, given the concerns expressed, I have requested GWIC conduct its own independent review so that every participant can feel confident in our box draw process.”

GWIC will begin a fact-finding investigation into the box draw process and report their findings to the industry in coming weeks.

 “It is critical that participants and the punting public have confidence in all processes relating to racing,” said Interim GWIC CEO Steve Griffin.

“The way in which the box draw is conducted is one of the processes where the integrity needs to beyond reproach.

“GWIC will conduct a thorough investigation of the box draw process and report its findings as soon as possible.”