Basketball ACT staff and referees will be forced to undergo training in a bid to stamp out racism as the organisation prepares to investigate two separate incidents in its weekly competitions.
Richard Allan alleges he was targeted by racist taunts during a game earlier this week, saying opponents called him a "petrol sniffer" and a "dirty Abo".
His father, Richie Allan, decided to go public with the fight against racism after ongoing incidents and for what he says is a lack of action from Basketball ACT.
Basketball ACT said it was unaware of the incidents until Richie Allan posted a message on social media this week, but is now investigating the circumstances.
Basketball ACT chief executive Matt Dunstan said there was no place for racism in the sport and will put staff through training to enforce high standards on and off the court.
"We want to eradicate any incidences out of our competitions, programs and organisation," Dunstan said.
Last night my lad was again a victim of racism again at ACT Basketball. This has happened many times before and nothing has been done by ACT Basketball. So maybe it’s time to call out those that also allow this behaviour @canberratimes@RachelSS_MLA@IndigenousX@abccanberra— Koori Brotha (@mrngunnawal) August 20, 2019
"We'll make our processes transparent so if people do experience racism, they know the steps they can take to ensure it's stopped and also encourage anyone who witnesses racist behaviour to call it out immediately."
Basketball ACT was unable to comment on the specifics of the investigation, but said anyone found guilty of breaching the code would face disciplinary charges.
The organisation has begun investigating claims of racial abuse dating back to May.
Allan said his son was met with laughter when he fronted referees with claims of racial abuse in a Basketball ACT competition.
Allan said Richard, 22, sent an initial complaint to Basketball ACT eight weeks ago. Allan fears for his son's mental health after ongoing taunts.
"He's heartbroken. He's usually a very energetic person but he doesn't seem himself at the moment," Allan said.
"It's taken its toll as it would. It's going to get to you and break you down when you receive it day-in and day-out. Eventually it leads to mental health issues which concerns me the most.
"How is it mentally and socially going to impact him? Everybody has to feel safe in the community and these derogatory remarks are just not acceptable."
It's unlawful to discriminate against someone because of their race in the ACT under the Discrimination Act 1991.
"If I was a spectator and heard that, I'd walk down there and stop the game," Allan said.
"Racism should be ousted altogether but if you walk onto the court with the wrong shorts on then you can't play. These boys are still playing even though they're racists.
"It's about time that all communities stand up together and call racism out. The standards that we walk past are the standards that we live by."
The alleged racism in amateur basketball comes as professional athletes fight a battle at the top.
Adam Goodes has been the reluctant face of calling out racism in the AFL and Latrell Mitchell has opened up about coping with racist taunts on social media.
Basketball ACT and the Warriors basketball club hosted an indigenous challenge last month, which was organised by board member and former ACT Australian of the year Dion Devow.
"Racism is unlawful and it won't be tolerated," Devow said after being told of the alleged incident involving Allan.
"People need to understand it's unlawful to say racial slurs of any kind and there could be serious consequences as a result of that. That's at the crux of what people need to know so they understand the seriousness of the issue.
"People need to feel safe while playing sport. If there's a positive spin on this at all, at least something can be done to address things like this in the future."
Dunstan has reached out to Allan as Basketball ACT continues its investigation.
"We've received reports from referees and staff members involved but in terms of an actual complaint, we haven't received anything so we're not sure what we're actually investigating at this point," Dunstan said.
"In terms of historical situations, again we have no reports so we're trying to get to the bottom of this.
"We're keen to have these conversations with Richie and other members of the community to ensure everything is done in collaboration moving forward so we don't have these experiences again."