iNADO will support Russian NADO if declared Non-Compliant

The Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations (iNADO) has read with great concern that there may have been tampering with the Moscow laboratory data relating to Russian athletes’ samples and provided to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

In response, and among other penalties, the Russian National Anti-Doping Organisation (RUSADA), failing satisfactory explanations, will be declared non-compliant by WADA.

WADA’s correct and only legal recourse in the light of further Russian defiance of sporting rules and principles is to declare the National Anti-Doping Organisation non-compliant even though there is no evidence that RUSADA itself is in any way involved.

“RUSADA has, since its reformation following the corrupt activities of previous officials, proven to be an eager and valued participant in international anti-doping work.” said iNADO CEO, Graeme Steel.

“While a declaration of non-compliance is necessary under the rules, of all Russian organisations, RUSADA has been the one leading the way to effect positive change in the country” said Steel.

“Athletes of the world deserve fair competition and there is a desperate need for a strong force for positive change within Russia. In line with our long-standing policy we will continue to support RUSADA in their efforts to bring that about.”

Graeme Steel


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Nado Leaders Group: Anti-Doping Leaders host promising meeting with next WADA President

Oslo, Norway

Anti-Doping Leaders are encouraged by Minister Witold Bańka’s commitment to clean sport and strengthening the voice of athletes as well as his recognition of the important role of NADOs in the fight to protect athlete’s right to fair play

The leaders of 19 National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs) came together for a summit in Oslo, Norway this week to review positive progress on key anti-doping issues while reaffirming the need to restore athlete confidence and strengthen the future of the anti-doping movement. 

Poland’s Minister of Sport and Tourism Witold Bańka, in his first formal engagement since his nomination for the position of WADA President, was warmly welcomed and voiced his support and appreciation of the substantial expertise and contribution NADOs make to the fight against doping. NADO leaders voiced their expectations and concerns to Minister Bańka, as well as his planned vision and initiatives, that best serve the interests of clean athletes and restore confidence in the integrity of the anti-doping movement. 

Following recent successful examples of collaboration between NADOs and law enforcement that have led to uncovering sports fraud, NADO leaders strongly encourage all governments to develop and pass national legislation consistent with the World Anti-Doping Code and Standards that aids in the fight against doping such as:

• The recent collaboration and coordinated effort of the Austrian and German authorities and NADOs to uncover blood doping in multiple sports; 

• Legislation against international sports fraud and protection of whistleblowers; and,

• Numerous laws that encourage the sharing of information with relevant law enforcement authorities and aid in anti-doping intelligence gathering and investigation

The NADO leaders are grateful to WADA for providing an update on the active Russian investigation and preparation of many cases originating from the retrieval of the Moscow laboratory data and samples. NADOs support WADA in continuing to ensure that no stone is left unturned in investigating and prosecuting all possible anti-doping rule violations, providing ongoing updates and full transparency.

The group acknowledged the first positive steps in WADA governance reform and continue to encourage further fundamental reforms which promote WADA, as the global regulator, to become more independent, transparent and to adopt best governance practices further supporting the general principles of the 2016 Copenhagen Reform Proposals. 

The fight for clean sport and protection of clean athletes through robust anti-doping programs remain the guiding light of NADOs. Athletes from around the world gathered in Oslo and shared with the NADO leaders their views on the importance of the athlete voice in decision making and contribution to the collaborative fight for the integrity of competition and clean sport. The NADO Leaders stand in unison with these athletes in agreement that no athlete should be harassed or bullied for speaking truthfully about their rights to fair sport. WADA should hold themselves to the highest standards of behavior to promote a respectful and safe culture. 

This statement is supported by the national anti-doping organisations of:  Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA

Nado Leaders Group: International Anti-Doping Leaders call on watershed opportunity to reform Anti-Doping System

March 11, 2019

Lausanne, Switzerland

  • Ahead of the Anti-Doping Symposium, NADO leaders met in Lausanne, Switzerland to discuss meaningful reforms to the anti-doping system in advance of the WADA Presidential election;

  • Leaders call on WADA Presidential Candidates to publicly commit to:
  1. Further support the general principles of the 2016 Copenhagen Reform Proposals that call on  the global regulator to become more independent, transparent and adopt best governance practices;
  2. Standing "shoulder to shoulder" with athlete community, following the recent rise in athlete voice;
  3. Ensuring an exhaustive, transparent and thorough accounting of the data from the Moscow laboratory and the pursuit of justice against all involved.

The leaders of 20 National Anti-Doping Organizations came together in Lausanne, Switzerland today at a crucial time to discuss the current state of clean sport.

Meeting on the eve of the World Anti-Doping Agency's Annual Symposium, the message emanating from the meeting was clear: now is the time for WADA to grasp this unique opportunity to reform the anti-doping system as it prepares to appoint the fourth President in its history. How the anti-doping community chooses to react, leaders said, will determine the direction of the anti-doping system for years to come; and making the right decisions is essential if public and athlete faith in the global regulator is to be restored.

The NADO leaders call on WADA Presidential Candidates to expressly commit to three critical points. First, WADA governance revisions must go further to fully implement the reforms detailed in the Copenhagen Proposals. By removing potential conflicts of interest within WADA's current governance structure, the organization will increase its credibility in the eyes of its most important stakeholders: clean athletes.

Second, WADA Presidential Candidates should demonstrate how they will be fully committed to meaningful engagement with the athletes of the world. For too long, there has been no effective mechanism to allow for the voice of clean athletes to be heard and this must change moving forward.

Third, WADA Presidential Candidates must build on the organization's success at retrieving the Moscow laboratory data by being committed to ensuring an exhaustive, transparent and thorough accounting of the data is achieved. Based on previous reports from WADA, there are thousands of presumptive positive samples in the Moscow laboratory data that must be investigated. Athletes are demanding that this review is completed in a transparent manner, which includes reporting the exact number of presumptive positive findings and how each finding has been managed. This process will take months, possibly years, and a future WADA President must not try to turn the page from this scandal, but be committed to a full investigation and pursuit of justice - no matter the cost or time. The NADO Leaders reiterate their offer to assist WADA in these matters.

This statement is supported by the National Anti-Doping Organization of:
Australia, Austria, Belgium (NADO Flanders), Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA.

Nado Leaders Group: National Anti-Doping Organisation Leaders react to Russia Compliance Status

NADO Leaders acknowledge the January 22, 2019 release from WADA outlining an ongoing acceptance of RUSADA compliance.

It is agreed that the acquisition of the LIMS data from the Moscow Laboratory has been a critical step.  The requirement to provide access to data and samples are obligations which arose eighteen months ago.  While WADA is to be commended for obtaining the data, and RUSADA congratulated for its willing cooperation, it is not cause for celebration.  It is not yet appropriate to turn the page on the issues, nor should the principals at WADA be doing a ‘victory lap’, rather it is the opening of another chapter in the tragic saga of a state-sponsored doping scheme.

Months of detailed examination is now required before even verifying the integrity of the data.  Thereafter, additional sample analysis may be required before any individual doping cases could be considered – all of which to occur by a declared deadline of June 30, 2019. Meanwhile, Russia continues to bid to host international events such as the 2024 Youth Olympic Games, which would not be possible should they have been deemed to be non-compliant.

We owe it to clean athletes, including those within Russia, to identify and establish any current or former athletes who should be subject to potential Anti-Doping Rule Violation proceedings. Moreover, rather than merely seeking to prosecute the athletes who may be implicated, NADO Leaders believe all avenues must be pursued to also hold the conspirators accountable.

Vigilance Required

WADA elected to discard the Roadmap for RUSADA Compliance, which allowed attention to be drawn away from the real culprit (extensive Russian State-sponsored doping) and the real victim (clean sport and the athletes harmed by Russian malfeasance), but it is essential that we not to lose sight of the truth behind this conspiracy.  Although WADA and the IOC would have us believe this is now all behind us, diligence requires otherwise:

a.    This scenario must NOT be characterized merely as a ‘non-conformity’ and should be the subject of  censure

b.    An exhaustive expert review of the authenticity and integrity of all the data retrieved from the Russian laboratory must be undertaken independently.  Any evident tampering should be documented, reported and appropriately prosecuted.

c.    When verified, the data must be thoroughly analyzed to determine any suspicious indicators or potential Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRV).

d.    The appropriate Result Management Authority (RMA) must be engaged to prosecute every potential ADRV.

e.    WADA must monitor results management closely to ensure all potential ADRVs are prosecuted by the applicable RMA and directly pursue any failure to prosecute.  All Code signatories must fulfil their obligations or face the applicable repercussions.

f.     WADA should recover from Russia, by 30 June 2019, all costs incurred related to the Russian doping crisis since the first undertaking in the Richard Pound investigation.

g.    Any effort to interfere with or confound the investigation should be immediately addressed in the context of the CRC.

h.    An independent review of the crisis should identify any lessons to prevent recurrence.

Throughout the entire ordeal, NADO Leaders have signaled our steadfast commitment to the global athlete community in support of clean sport. That commitment remains steadfast.  Much painstaking work remains before any page can be turned on the greatest doping scandal of all time.

 This Statement is supported by the National Anti-Doping Organisations of: Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland and USA


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iNADO Statement: iNADO offers WADA support following controversial decision

The Decision of January 22 by the WADA Executive Committee to maintain the “compliant” status of the National Anti-Doping Organisation and iNADO member from Russia, “RUSADA”, continues to prompt serious concerns for our community. The vote of confidence in the renewed RUSADA under its new leadership recognises some of the brave positions advanced by Yuriy Ganus to set Russia on a new course and is, in that sense, encouraging. Nevertheless our community remains deeply concerned by the manner in which purposeful, institutionalised doping, over many years, has been dealt with.

It is very clear that, in light of the most serious imaginable circumstances, Russia has been granted more chances and, ultimately, leniency than any individual athlete or small country could expect to receive. This is very troubling. The circumstances have posed challenges to WADA for which there has been no precedent or recipe book for responding perfectly. This is acknowledged and the weaknesses revealed in the rules, for this situation, must be taken into account. However the lack of involvement of stakeholders with a critical interest in how this is to be resolved is clearly a matter for review. It reflects the structural flaws in WADA’s governance which have only recently been addressed in a very limited manner.

WADA is an essential part of the sporting environment and must ensure it has the confidence of the groups most reliant on its competence and resolve: athletes who expect even-handed treatment governed by clear rules and National Anti-Doping Organisations that must rigorously apply the World Anti-Doping rules. WADA must change its governance model and approach to continue as the resolute and independent leader that the sporting world and clean athletes desperately need.

iNADO acknowledges that the challenges this saga has posed are unprecedented and, as WADA moves forward, it needs full support. iNADO has an obligation, on behalf of its members who conduct the significant majority of anti-doping work throughout the world, to speak out where it believes the system and processes have been inadequate. Equally, iNADO must and does offer whatever support it can to help WADA work through this challenge and take the fight for clean sport forward.


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iNADO Statement: Response from from Doug MacQuarrie, Chair of iNADO, to recent Richard Pound blog*

In a blog earlier this week, a paragon of clean sport, Richard Pound, seems to suggest we should all be looking the other way while the biggest doping scandal in the history of sport continues to fester. If such a thing as anti-doping royalty existed, Mr. Pound would certainly qualify. Perhaps his point of view should stand unchallenged. Lest respect be confused with concurrence, I feel compelled to comment.

I am troubled by recent remarks which suggest, like some other IOC members, he believes that international sport is the domain of an exclusive group; members of the IOC who alone know what is best for high performance sport. In November 2018, in the Evening Standard, Mr. Pound took aim at the US Anti-Doping Agency and UK Anti-Doping accusing them and other National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs) of being out of control and focused on the wrong thing. At that time, he misrepresented the responsibilities and actions of NADOs – not to mention ignoring the World Anti-Doping Code requirement that NADOs be independent in their decisions and actions. This week, for an exclusive Inside the Games blog, he has seen fit to lash out at those who have expressed their points of view regarding an appropriate response for Russia’s failure to comply with a critical World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) deadline (31 December 2018) by seriously mischaracterising and disparaging them as a “lynch mob”.

Since the passing of the deadline, I have seen many calls for WADA to get on with their responsibilities, and to do so immediately. Those calls have been for WADA to bring their significant resources to bear and exercise their authority to ensure the interests of clean sport are protected, and to do so without further delay.

Since the passing of the deadline, the calls for immediate action made by NADOs, athletes, and public authorities have been mostly polite, articulate, reasonable and rational (albeit some have contained minor technical inaccuracies). Is this the “lynch mob” to which Mr. Pound alludes? If so, he knows or should know better. Although he doesn’t say so, I suspect several intended targets of his blog, are members of the Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations (iNADO).

There is no need to dishonour the actions nor impugn the motive of these NADO Leaders, athletes and Ministers. To imply that by expressing their points of view, they don’t respect the rule of law ispreposterous. These are well-informed and well-meaning people, fulfilling their respective duties by expressing reasonable concerns about the missed deadline. In the late days of December, even the CEO of RUSADA, speaking with great courage, expressed his concern about the implications of Russia missing its deadline to comply!

Contrary to Mr. Pound’s claim, the majority of the current calls and previous comments have been supportive of WADA and its role. He claims that no alternatives have been proposed to a robust WADA– in fact, many calls have been made by these individuals and organisations for an even more robust WADA, a WADA that is genuinely independent, fully resourced and empowered to enforce the Code. Many constructive suggestions have been offered to enable this to be achieved.

Contrary to his claim, I have seen no calls reflecting the frontier style justice of a “lynch mob”. We know the IOC will not act further. In fact, Thomas Bach, President of the IOC has gone on the record to say Russia has served its sanction. The calls therefore for WADA to immediately proceed with their responsibilities in the evaluation of compliance, reflecting the rules and the gravity of Russia’s disregard for fair sport, are not out of order nor should they be surprising.

The efforts being undertaken to Russia’s benefit by the IOC, and now WADA, are troubling. Many, including Mr. Pound himself, have decried these approaches regarding IOC actions in particular. In an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in January 2018, he stated: “Suspending the Russian team was a good start, but the farther down I got in reading the account of all of this, the more I realised that 99 per cent of what it was dealing with was how to get the Russians back in”. In fact, we all want Russia, and specifically RUSADA, back in the fold at the first appropriate time, but not in a way that allows flagrant non-compliance to be ignored.

This time last year in a letter to IOC President Bach, Mr. Pound felt it was his responsibility to share [his] “concerns regarding the announced arrangements with respect to Russia in the wake of the revelations and proof of its systemic and state-sponsored doping, together with its unprecedented and deliberate attack on the integrity of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games”. Standing on his principles, Mr. Pound declared he “would not participate at the Closing Ceremony [of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games] under circumstances [with which he didn’t agree]”. In doing so, Mr. Pound was respectfully speaking truth to power.

Mr. Pound was the recipient of harsh criticism by his fellow IOC members for speaking out; they as much as told him he could resign the IOC if he disagreed with them. In describing Mr. Pound ’s choices, John Coates (IOC Member from Australia) went so far as to say: “In the end, if you don’t like the coffee that’s served at the coffee shop, and you don’t like the décor and you don’t like the prices, then you maybe go to another coffee shop”.

If, as high performance sport stakeholders such as those disparaged in Mr. Pound’s blog, declaring ‘enough is enough’, means being the target of critique, then so be it. However, in an IOC-skewed environment where stakeholders are chided for respectfully voicing their opinions, where athletes are valued solely as commodities, where Public Authorities are viewed merely as wallets, and where National Anti-Doping Organisations are dismissed as merely contracted service providers… I think we must all continue to speak truth to power.

Doug MacQuarrie

Chair, iNADO Board of Directors

* The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and may not reflect the opinions of all iNADO members.

NADO Leaders Group: Statement from National Anti-Doping Organisations on Russia Compliance Deadline

NADO Leaders acknowledge the January 1, 2019 Release from WADA outlining the current status of the management of anti-doping compliance matters in Russia.

With a view to its 31 December 2018 deadline for Russia to provide the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) with the critical LIMS data from the Moscow Laboratory, the anti-doping world fully expects a decisive response in support of the clean athletes of the world. After more than three years of review, indecision and compromise in response to the worst doping scandal in the history of sport, the time has come to demonstrate that no individual nor nation is exempt from compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code.

On 20 September 2018 the WADA Executive Committee created an opportunity by providing a new opportunity for Russia to demonstrate interest in protecting the rights of clean athletes and a willingness to play by the rules. Russia has failed to meet its obligations. Therefore, we now call on WADA to stand firm, enforce the missed deadline and move without delay towards a decision in this matter. Recognizing WADA had previously scheduled a Compliance Review Committee meeting on January 14-15, 2019, NADO Leaders now call on WADA to acknowledge the gravity of this missed deadline and call for an immediate review and recommendation from the CRC.

We recognize RUSADA has been working with WADA in an effort to resolve these issues, but the conditions agreed on 20 September 2018 were unequivocal and without the data there can be only one outcome. The importance of this situation does not warrant providing a further two weeks for Russia to comply. With the interest of clean sport hanging in the balance, WADA must call for CRC to convene and consider this matter without further delay.

In October 2018 NADO Leaders signaled our steadfast commitment to the global athlete community in support of clean sport. Today, that commitment is stronger than ever, and that is why we believe Russia must be held accountable for its continuing failure to comply. A return to international sport should only be considered for Russia once full confidence in a clean Russian sporting culture is restored - in other words, only once WADA has received and verified the electronic LIMS data as well as access to the samples in the Moscow Laboratory.

NADO Leaders implore WADA to use its full authority and resources to expedite this matter.

This Statement is supported by the National Anti-Doping Organisations of: Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Singapore, Sweden, and USA

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iNADO Statement: Message from the iNADO Chair and CEO

As we begin 2019, iNADO extends best wishes for a wonderful New Year to the entire international sport community and, in particular, our (67) member NADOs that are committed to the iNADO Mission of Clean Sport Together. We are looking forward to working with you all in 2019 ­­­to progress the WADA Code and ensure our members are fully supported in their work.

At this time, we also note the passing of an important deadline for the Anti-Doping community which is directly related to the work of iNADO, our member NADOs and to the fundamental need to maintain credibility with the clean athletes of the world: the 31 December 2018 deadline regarding Russian compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code.

Under the terms of the 20 September 2018 WADA decision to reinstate RUSADA as compliant, a failure to secure access to the authentic data by 31 December 2018 would result in RUSADA being declared non-compliant once again. If this were to happen, it would be under the stronger terms of the International Standard for Code Compliance by Signatories (ISCCS) that took effect on 1 April 2018.

On 21 December 2018 WADA reported being prevented from accessing the data by Russian Authorities, apparently due to a failure to have the equipment they require approved by Russian authorities. In the intervening time the critical importance of meeting WADAs terms has been reiterated in a video appeal from the Russian NADO (RUSADA) Chief Executive to President Putin. Despite this, and placatory words from the Kremlin, the WADA team has not (based on information available at the time of the deadline) been able to begin, let alone complete, the tasks required. 

This is, of course, of great concern to the NADO community which desperately needs a fully compliant RUSADA operating to support clean sport in one of the worlds sporting powerhouses. iNADO awaits the advisory report to be produced by the WADA Compliance Review Committee (CRC) which will meet on January 14 and 15. The importance of the decision of the WADA Executive Committee, in the light of that report, cannot be underestimated. .

Now, more than ever, the sporting world is relying on a steadfast WADA.


Doug MacQuarrie (Chair) and Graeme Seel (CEO)

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NADO Leaders Group: International Anti - Doping Leaders stand united with international athlete community in calling for meaningful Reform of WADA Governance

Paris, France

Following the unprecedented outcry from the world’s athletes over the recent actions and decisions of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the leaders of 18 National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs) came together for an emergency Summit, hosted by the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD) in Paris to discuss the concerning state of the global anti-doping system and the urgent need to restore public and athlete faith in the global regulator (WADA).

Confirming their ongoing and unwavering commitment to stand “shoulder to shoulder” with the global athlete community, and acknowledging the recent global athlete uproar following the process that led to the WADA Executive Committee’s controversial September 20 decision to reinstate the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), the leaders, in a clear display of solidarity with athletes, stated: “While others may not be listening to your concerns and your solutions for how to improve WADA Governance, we wish to make it clear that we, the anti-doping leaders, do. We stand united with you. We hear and share your concerns, and we stand with you every step of the way to strive to transform WADA so that it respects your rights and makes decisions in the interests of clean sport."

Meeting for the third time this year, the NADO leaders reaffirmed their commitment and greater sense of urgency to the Copenhagen Reform Proposals, a series of reforms focused on independence, transparency and best governance practices, brought forth in August 2016 in the wake of the findings of the McLaren Report, while calling on the international sport community to bolster anti-doping efforts and restore athletes’ faith in fair competition around the globe.

Following on the set of proposals for WADA Governance released by WADA’s Governance Working Group last week, the international leaders pledged their backing to the principles of the athlete-led Governance Reform Paper, The Alternative, launched on October 9, which has broad support across the anti-doping community. We encourage all current and future WADA Leaders to support the principles of the The Alternative and Copenhagen documents.

“Given the athletes’ concerns in WADA’s decision-making and governance process, and after all that we have regrettably witnessed in the wake of the Russian doping crisis, WADA’s limited proposals for governance reform fall far short of what the world’s athletes and other champions of clean sport have been calling for these past two years, and there should be a rethink”, the leaders said.

Reiterating their condemnation of the recent decision by WADA to reinstate RUSADA, the international leaders encouraged the community to look forward. “We urge WADA not to repeat the mistakes it made in the process to reinstate RUSADA, and to conduct its actions in a more transparent and open fashion. Looking ahead to the crucial December 31 deadline, we call on WADA to run an open, transparent and clear process for securing the anti-doping samples and, given the gravity of the issue and level of athlete and public interest, for the WADA Compliance Review Committee to convene an urgent and robust meeting to make its recommendation on the compliance of RUSADA. The world is waiting, and the world is watching,” they added.

In a significant development, the leaders also made a clear call for WADA to commission a thorough, transparent, independent investigation into the troubling public allegations of bullying.

While discussing ways to move forward, the leaders committed their support for WADA to continue to be the global regulator, albeit with an improved governance structure. “We must continue to work to overhaul WADA Governance, and restore its credibility with athletes and the public.”

Concluding the meeting, the leaders made a clear, unequivocal call for a strengthened WADA, and urged the global regulator to truly listen and incorporate views from athletes: “WADA will rise once again, but only when it embraces global athlete community concerns.”



The following National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs) support this release: 1. AFLD (Agence Française de lutte contre le dopage); 2. Anti Doping Danmark; 3. Anti-Doping Norway; 4. Anti-Doping Singapore; 5. ASADA (Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority); 6. CCES (Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport); 7. Doping Autoriteit; 8. Drug Free Sport New Zealand; 9. FINCIS (Finnish Center for Integrity in Sports); 10. NADA Austria; 11. NADA Germany; 12. POLADA (Poland Anti-Doping Agency); 13. Sport Ireland; 14. Swedish Sport Confederation; 15. Swiss Anti-Doping; 16. UKAD (UK Anti-Doping); 17. USADA (US Anti-Doping Agency)

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iNADO Statement: Handling of Russia Case Exposes WADA’s Fundamental Governance Flaws.

The WADA Executive Committee (ExCo) has voted to reinstate the Russian Anti-Doping Organisation (RUSADA) based on what was intended as a secret eleventh hour compromise with the Russian Federation. Even when the recommendation was “leaked”, there was insufficient time for genuine scrutiny let alone consideration and input from sport stakeholders, many of whom are fundamentally impacted by it.

Since August 2017, when the “Road Map” for compliance and reinstatement was introduced, the overwhelming majority of the international sport community, including WADA, had been united in supporting it. WADA had reiterated that position publically a few months prior. Regrettably, at the last moment, WADA has surrendered to pressure from the IOC and the Russian government to substantially weaken the terms of the Road Map.

The weaknesses of WADA’s governance model, as NADO representatives have emphasised during an ongoing review, have been clearly exposed. ExCO members, who have inevitable pressures and priorities around this decision which extend beyond purely the issue of doping, have clearly made the decision based on those other conflicting priorities. This is not good governance, nor does it reflect a good governance model. WADA must be an effective and resolute global anti-doping regulator and governor - exclusively.

Discussion and, where necessary, compromise is appropriate when initially agreeing a path forward. Compromise cannot be appropriate (or acceptable) when enforcing such agreements. While flexibility can have a place leadership critically requires steadfastness. Most especially this is so when so many stakeholders in the sporting community are bound by an anti-doping Code which can be unbending and harsh but (as WADA insists) cannot be ignored or softened to suit. As the global regulator, WADA should have been objectively enforcing the agreed sanctions and requirements, not compromising them.

In its decision, WADA has assured the sporting world that strict conditions assuring access to materials and information have been imposed on the latest reinstatement decision. The assurance is of less comfort to sport given that WADA had “strict” conditions on reinstatement already in place. Any decision to re-impose a ban will arguably be even harder now than it would have been to maintain the terms of the original ban.

One real tragedy is that this decision undermines the credibility of an organisation which, in many other ways, has created a much better foundation for the application of clean sport programmes and has numerous excellent, hardworking technical staff who warrant support.
INADO’s task now, along with the rest of the sporting community, is to work hard to ensure that we have a WADA and, most critically, a robust anti-doping system, which will restore and provide confidence that clean sport is protected.

iNADO Statement: iNADO Dismayed at WADA Compromise with Russia

The WADA Executive Committee (ExCo), at its meeting this Thursday, will consider a last minute and hastily prepared recommendation that the Russian Anti-Doping Organization (RUSADA) be deemed compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code. This despite WADA officials, as recently as last week, assuring European Government representatives that the matter would not be for decision at the upcoming meeting.

This matter has taken an enormous toll on the foundations of sport for almost 3 years. Given the many months of prior silence it is hard not to be cynical that a proposal, based on weakened terms to accommodate Russia, comes before ExCo at the 11th hour. Delegates, as representative of specific constituencies and regions, will not have opportunity to consult with those they represent nor adequately prepare for the upcoming discussion and perhaps the most crucial decision WADA has ever faced.

The sporting community is eager to see Russia return as an equal participant but not at any cost. When the satisfactory conclusion of the current Russian sanction occurs, it is something that should be able to withstand wide scrutiny and be accepted broadly by that sporting community. The present situation does anything but.

Both the process and the recommendation itself have been roundly criticized by numerous athlete and anti-doping organizations. Indeed, the fact that these pivotal groups in anti-doping will have no say in a decision which has enormous repercussions for them demonstrates fundamental flaws in the construct of WADA governance.

WADA must adhere to the principles of good governance. Such principles would not allow, for example, WADA to assure a party (Russia) that a favourable outcome will be the result before the decision-making body (ExCo) have discussed the alterations. They would ensure such a crucial decision would have ample time for adequate consultation and consideration. They would not resort to semantics to bring about what was clearly not the originally intended position. The Code provides no opportunity for those bound (notably athletes) to negotiate changes in the wording of the Code to suit their purpose. The Code stands and must be adhered to and so should the “Road Map” for Compliance (as WADA had assured the world it would be).

iNADO looks forward to the full return of RUSADA to compliance at the earliest legitimate moment. However, based on the letters exchanged by Russia and WADA, any reasonable person would conclude that Russia has not yet fulfilled its obligations to the global sporting community. WADA must make its decisions based on consistent application of principles and not simply out of expedience pandering to the will of a powerful nation.

The athletes of the world came together at the 1st WADA Global Athlete Forum in Calgary, Canada in June of this year and strongly called for the Roadmap to be enforced. iNADO has consistently supported WADA’s enforcement of the Roadmap and this remains as critical now as it was at the outset. This matter cannot be resolved using an approach of ‘who blinks first’.

It is time for WADA to step back in order for it and its constituents and stakeholders in global sport to
carefully consider these developments and determine if a dilution of the Road Map is indeed the proper
path. It is time for a well-considered position that reinforces WADA’s role as an unbending supporter of
the rights of clean athletes.

iNADO Statement: Interim Operational Leadership at iNADO

Following a minor stroke, iNADO CEO, Graeme Steel has begun a program of recovery and rehabilitation prior to his gradual return to work which is expected in the coming weeks.  During the period of his absence, Mathias Merschhemke (Operations Manager) and Jorge Leyva (iNADO Communication & Administration Coordinator) will be taking on increased responsibilities.  We welcome your contact with our permanent staff, Mathias and Jorge.  iNADO Board Members and staff remain at the disposal of the membership should any wish to reach out directly.

 I am happy to respond to any questions you may have.

Professionally yours, 

Doug MacQuarrie

iNADO Chair

iNADO Statement: Anti-Doping at FIFA World Cup

Independence and transparency in anti-doping is critical to its effectiveness and credibility.  International Sport Federations and Major Event Organizers who plan and conduct their own anti-doping enterprises knowingly and willingly undermine their credibility in this regard.  The conflict of interest inherent in both promoting and policing a sport is insurmountable. At minimum, outsourcing the responsibility to plan and conduct anti-doping to a respected independent organization or agency has been seen as a credible effort to ensure integrity.  Anything short of that creates significant doubt in the seriousness of any anti-doping efforts.  The efforts currently being assessed at the Word Cup is a very limited horizon. Credible anti-doping efforts now require intelligence based testing and program implementation on a year-round basis.  Exceptional performances witnessed during any single Major Games will always be met with skepticism if a credible anti-doping program and independent operator have not been engaged on a suitable pre-games horizon.

The Russian Anti-doping Agency, (RUSADA) have recently been cleared by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to conduct the anti-doping program in Russia (although they must send samples collected outside of the country for analysis since the Moscow Lab is still under suspension).  If FIFA did not take the step, it would have been very appropriate for FIFA to invite RUSADA to observe the anti-doping efforts at these games to bear witness to the operation or to participate in the anti-doping effort with suitable WADA oversight.  That seems to be a missed opportunity.

Advance planning and testing well in advance of such events are critical to ensure the athletes involved have been subject to World Code compliant testing in the lead up to such championships.   Transparency through the public sharing of testing data and other anti-doping strategies such as collaborative pre-games taskforces and an invitation for the WADA to assign independent observers to the anti-doping operation are now accepted as basic requirements of credible work in this field.  Such characteristics seem to be missing regarding the FIFA World Cup.

Finally, WADA has the right to audit the Anti-Doping operations of signatories to the World Anti-Doping Code including the FIFA World Cup. While FIFA has been subject to the standard WADA compliance audit in an administrative sense, the quadrennial operation of the World Cup, particularly in Russia, would have been a most suitable time to conduct a field audit of FIFA’s anti-doping operation.

In light of the recent and on-going anti-doping scandal in Russia, relying solely on FIFA to report what they choose, recount the operation as they see fit and to rely solely on their own personnel and operators, leaves the rest of the world to wonder what is really happening with the anti-doping operation at the World Cup in Russia. 

Doug MacQuarrie

iNADO Chair

NADO Leaders Group: Anti-Doping Leaders call for no compromise on Russia roadmap and the elimination of conflicts of interest in sport

London, UK- Leaders from 17 leading National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs), and iNADO (Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations), met in London this week to discuss the key threats to clean sport and areas for greater cooperation across the international anti-doping community.

- Russia and the WADA roadmap to compliance

On the eve of the FIFA World Cup in Russia, a country which remains non-Code compliant, the Leaders reiterated their firm position that the WADA roadmap must be enforced in its entirety as a condition of Russia's reinstatement.

- Governance and the removal of conflicts of interest

The Leaders are calling for increased accountability for sports and anti-doping organisations. It is paramount that good governance and compliance with anti-doping conventions and standards are upheld.

- In the interest of the rights of clean athletes, future sporting programmes must uphold these principles.

In the aftermath of the Russia doping scandal, a call has been made for an Independent Review of its handling. The Leaders strongly support this call. Further to the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) need to consider such a review, the Leaders shall provide their input.

- Supporting Clean Athletes

The Leaders think it is crucial that there must be independent athlete representation within WADA decision making bodies, and that the Anti-Doping Charter of Athlete Rights be incorporated within the Code.

National Anti-Doping Organisations in attendance were: Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Singapore, UK, USA, and iNADO.

Notes to Editors:

NADO Leaders

The leaders of the world's leading National Anti-Doping Organisations meet regularly to discuss their operations and key areas of cooperation in the global fight for clean sport. NADOs are independent organisations, who are signatories to the WAD (World Anti-Doping) Code. NADOs are experts in all areas of anti-doping, supporting the rights of clean athletes.

WADA Roadmap

In November 2015, WADA published its Roadmap to Code Compliance, which outlined the reinstatement criteria that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) must fulfil before WADA's independent Compliance Review Committee (CRC) would recommend, to WADA's Foundation Board, that they be declared compliant again with the World Anti-Doping Code (Code).

The two outstanding actions are: 1. publicly accept the reported outcomes of the McLaren Investigation and 2. permit access to the Moscow laboratory and providing the data necessary to ensure justice on hundreds of outstanding cases.

Anti-Doping Charter of Athlete Rights

The Anti-Doping Charter of Athlete Rights was an outcome of the WADA 1st Global Athlete Forum 2018, which highlights 16 articles to provide greater protection for athletes on areas including: the right to fair justice, equal testing, and protection of health. More information here.

UK Anti-Doping

UK Anti-Doping is responsible for ensuring sports bodies in the UK are compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code through implementation and management of the UK's National Anti-Doping Policy.

UK Anti-Doping's functions include an education and information programme, athlete testing across more than 40 Olympic, Paralympic and professional sports, intelligence management and exclusive results management authority for the determination of anti-doping rule violations.

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iNADO Statement: Reluctant Suspension Disheartening for Clean Athletes

Bonn, Germany - iNADO acknowledges the decision of the IOC to maintain the suspension of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) for the Closing Ceremony. Regrettably, it is evident that it was made for pragmatic rather than principled reasons. It has taken two positive tests on Russian athletes to force the IOC’s hand when its clear intention had been to readmit the ROC before the closing of the Pyeongchang Games.

The disappointing fact that this is another short-lived, negotiated deal, to be lifted promptly within the next few days, indicates the IOC’s management of this issue has gone from bad to worse.

The IOC is the one organisation with sufficient influence to bring about a change in Russia which would see it commit to the principles of fair play that are integral to sport. A proportionate sanction, as called for in the iNADO ‘Open Letter’, which included requirements to acknowledge its broken system and take significant steps to fix it, was required. In light of the current decision, such a course of action forms no part of their agenda.

Clean athletes who have had their Olympic moments stolen, whether it be by missing a medal or even failing to qualify as a result of false results achieved by Russian athletes, deserve a more principled and steadfast response.

Successive decisions by the IOC in this matter have demonstrated that the interests of these clean athletes have no priority.

Can the IOC be held to account for not demanding honesty, integrity, and fair play in this matter? Will the sponsors and broadcasters of the Olympic Games contemplate this question?

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iNADO Statement: An Open Letter to IOC Members and Olympic Athletes of Russia Implementation Group

The Pyeongchang Olympic Winter Games are winding down, and soon the spotlight will shift from the athletes’ performances to the celebration of sport through the theatre of the closing ceremonies.  Hanging in the balance is your decision regarding Russian involvement in the Closing Ceremonies at Pyeongchang.

The world has been enthralled over the course of these Games watching athletic competition and marvelling at the incredible achievements of the athletes.  For these athletes and their National Olympic Committees (NOC), the Closing Ceremonies will celebrate years of hard work, dedication and a commitment to Olympic values and clean sport.  We are alarmed therefore at recent reports ( that if true, suggest the IOC is prepared to put ahead of clean athletes and the integrity of sport the interests of Russia, by inviting the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) to participate in the Closing Ceremonies.

Remarks by your colleague Nicole Hoevertsz, IOC Executive Board Member and Chair of the Olympic Athletes of Russia Implementation Group (OAR IG) underscore that “The [IOC] Executive Committee has the explicit wish to lift the suspension of Russia during these Games”.  The latest reports, if true, suggest very strongly that a deal may already be in place.

Each of you, as IOC Members, can express your support or opposition for such a secret deal.  Each of you can signal to the ROC that to be recognised as an NOC requires an adherence to the fundamental values of sport and which can’t be bought.  Each of you can indicate that you stand for clean athletes and the integrity of sport.

Regardless of what you may hope, you can’t merely ‘wish away’ the most significant fraud in the history of sport.  A transgression of such magnitude warrants a proportional sanction which must go well beyond an irregular attendance at the Pyeongchang Games and paying a fine.  By failing to impose a meaningful sanction on the ROC, the IOC would be culpable in this effort to defraud clean athletes of the world.  Clean athletes continue to raise concerns and are understandably frustrated with the equivocal stance of the IOC when it comes to the systemic doping in Russia.

We don’t know what decision you will take regarding the ROC suspension nor if the standing of the Olympic Athletes from Russia will change before the flame in Pyeongchang is extinguished.  However, should the IOC lift the suspension of the ROC at the commencement of the Closing Ceremony, we suspect the clean athletes of the world would be outraged.

Institutionalised doping in Russia has been proven by multiple investigations (e.g. McLaren, Oswald, Schmid and validated at CAS).  It has been accepted by all authorities – except those from Russia.  As first revealed by a former Doping Control Officer and former athlete from Russia, Russian Olympic athletes have benefitted from the doping regime for years.  The retesting of samples from Sochi, London and Beijing validates the evidence of wide-spread doping and the ‘Sochi Plan’ provided by Grigory Rodchenkov and begs the question of how many others also benefitted but were not caught.

You may feel that the ROC is part of the Olympic family, and deserves to be welcomed back into the Olympic house.  We would argue that Olympic Moments have been stolen by doped members of past Russian contingents with no acknowledgement of responsibility by the ROC nor indication of contrition; the sanction must align with the IOC ‘zero tolerance for doping’ policy.

Who deserves your support more? An organisation from a supremely powerful and accomplished country which over multiple Games took doped teams and to this day has offered no apology or evidence of attempts to reconcile; Or, is it the multitudes of athletes who were deprived of their Olympic moments and who rightfully expect proportional punishment for doping transgressions.

We are the Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations (iNADO).  NADOs conduct the majority of anti-doping work world-wide each year.  We hold sport accountable to the World Anti-Doping Code day in and day out.  NADOs are the only Signatories to the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) uniquely dedicated to protecting clean sport – it is our raison d’ être.  All other Signatories exist for other purposes – generally to promote and administer sport – to which anti-doping is ancillary.

Since our inception, iNADO and our membership have been forthright and unwavering in their support for clean athletes. 

iNADO calls on the IOC to exercise its authority to maintain the sanction of the ROC until such time as the ROC:

  • acknowledges the findings of the McLaren, Schmidt and Oswald Commissions
  • demonstrates contrition and apologizes for the harm created
  • reinforces the WADA Roadmap for RUSADA compliance
  • calls for a ceasing of all attacks on the whistleblowers and undertakes efforts to guarantee their safety
  • takes action to bring about the turning over to WADA of the samples, evidence and data from the Moscow laboratory
  • adheres to the additional conditions imposed by the IOC such as the payment of the requisite fine.



Doug MacQuarrie


iNADO Board of Directors

iNADO Statement: IPC Decision to Maintain Suspension of Russia

(Bonn, Germany) The Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations (iNADO) applauds the decision of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to maintain its suspension of Russia from the Paralympic Movement and thus the Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang.  “The IPC has again demonstrated its commitment to put principles before politics in taking this considered position.” said iNADO Chair Doug MacQuarrie.  In taking this stance, it is clear the IPC gives highest priority to its responsibility to ensure clean sport and a level playing field for all Para athletes.

Since the evidence regarding wide spread, systemic and institutionalized doping was released in the McLaren Report, the IPC has been unequivocal in its support of fair sport and clean athletes – this continues with today’s pronouncement.  While IPC has taken this bold step regarding the Russian Paralympic Committee, in recognition of the progress achieved in Russia, it has also identified a process by which clean Paralympic athletes from Russia can still be included in the Games.  Unlike its Olympic counterpart, the IPC has further demonstrated its leadership in support of clean sport by agreeing to publish the conditions whereby such athletes can participate in the Games thereby ensuring a transparent process. 

The IPC has gone the extra mile in this matter.  In contrast to the decision taken for the Olympic Games, they have required that any athlete from Russia who meets their strict conditions for participating in the Games attend under the Paralympic Flag AND wearing a uniform that only identifies them as a ‘neutral athlete’ rather than being from Russia.  The Chairperson of the IPC Athletes’ Council, Chelsey Gotell, said it best: “For Russian Para athletes, albeit as neutrals, this decision gives them an opportunity to fulfil their Paralympic dream. I am sure they would prefer to compete under their country’s flag, like any other Para athlete, but Russia’s unwillingness to take responsibility for the biggest doping scandal ever to take place in sport should not be rewarded, nor celebrated.”

iNADO whole-heartedly supports the IPC for doing the right thing, as they did in advance of the last summer Paralympic Games in Rio, by taking the steps necessary to protect clean competition, in an open and transparent manner, for the upcoming Pyeongchang Paralympic Winter Games.

iNADO is the international member association of NADOs. NADOs have the sole and unequivocal mandate to protect clean athletes, without conflicting responsibilities such as promoting sport. iNADO's 69 Members represent all Olympic Regions and conduct the majority of anti-doping work world-wide each year.

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NADO Leaders Group: NADO leaders Summit Bonn - NADO leaders request clear criteria and a transparent process for selection of Olympic Athletes from Russia

Bonn, GER.

Leaders from 19 National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs) came together for a fifth special summit, this time in Bonn, to discuss the urgent questions that are still unanswered in the lead up to the Olympic Winter Games. NADO leaders are speaking out to support clean athletes who face an uncertain playing field and who have voiced their concern that clean competition has been compromised.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) having acknowledged, on the basis of multiple international inquiries, that the presumption of innocence has been lost for Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) it was imperative that the IOC establish clear criteria and a transparent process to allow the inclusion of OAR in the Games. To protect the rights of clean athletes as required by the Olympic Charter it is necessary for the bar to be higher for OAR to compete in the upcoming Olympic Winter Games.

Unfortunately, with less than three weeks to the PyeongChang Games, the criteria being applied to allow OAR to compete in South Korea have not been published. Since the IOC decision on 5 December 2017 the panel has had more than six weeks to publicly announce clear objective criteria. The NADO leaders hope that the decisions of the panel will reflect the severity of the situation that sport is in and uphold the rights of clean athletes. But, independent from the outcome, the failure to announce these criteria and reach a decision more promptly is a missed opportunity that has undermined the rights of clean athletes.  

In early December a group of NADO leaders, through iNADO, conveyed recommendations to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), based on their expertise in anti-doping, for appropriate standards to be used to evaluate the eligibility of OAR to compete in PyeongChang. These standards were passed on to the IOC Panel, they are summarised below and set out in full here.

The NADO leaders agreed in Bonn that robust and demanding criteria, as well as the names of Russian athletes with their individual testing histories who have met them, need to be published as soon as possible.

Published objective criteria serve the interests of clean athletes, and will help to restore confidence in the integrity of international sport which has been deeply damaged by the Russian doping scandal.

NADO leaders urged the IOC to condition any future recognition of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) upon fulfilment of WADA Roadmap. This will involve compliance with at least two currently unfulfilled requirements: the findings of the McLaren Reports have not yet been acknowledged and WADA has not been given access to the stored samples and data at the Moscow laboratory. If these conditions are not fulfilled it is clear to the NADO leaders that the suspension of the ROC should not be lifted. Any sense that payment of a fine is sufficient for reinstatement of the ROC cannot be accepted.

The protection of whistleblowers remains a matter of great concern and the NADO leaders called upon the IOC to provide more assistance in this regard by publicly calling for the whistleblowers protection and conditioning any ROC reinstatement on their ongoing safety.

The NADO leaders acknowledge the steps taken previously by the IPC and the IAAF as having been an effective means of responding to this crisis which provides an example for the IOC.

On behalf of NADO leaders from the following countries: Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Guatemala, Japan, Republic of Ireland, Finland, France, Netherland, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, United Kingdom, United States, Singapore, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia.

Summary of objective criteria

  • A minimum of 12 months testing in a World Anti-Doping Code compliant programme
  • Minimum levels of out of competition testing
  • Application of biological passport and additional analysis as appropriate
  • No association with prohibited coaches nor reference within the McLaren Reports or other forensic evidence
  • No pending cases
  • Full disclosure of all knowledge of doping activity

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iNADO Statement: IOC Decision on Russia at PyeongChang

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has decided to ban Russia from participation at the PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games, provided for participation by athletes who meet strict criteria and applied other significant penalties.

The Board of Directors of the Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations (iNADO) applauds these IOC decisions.

In August 2017, the iNADO Board urged the IOC to make this decision with a principled approach.i

It is apparent that they have applied those principles. By excluding the Russian Olympic Committee from the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games, the IOC has made a proportionate response to the evidence first revealed by Professor McLaren and confirmed by the Oswald and Schmid Commissions. It has, finally, sent a strong signal that the Olympic Movement puts clean sport first.

Individual Russian athletes can only compete in PyeongChang as “Olympic Athletes from Russia” independent of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC). It is important that the panel established to select those athletes can be seen to be independent and applies strict objective criteria.

We all want Russia to participate in international sport. We all want clean Russian athletes to be lining up under their own flag against competitors from other countries. iNADO’s Members are not against Russia; they are against cheating.

It is not clear what may happen beyond the PyeongChang Games but the criteria which would open the door to future Russian participation has been set out clearly in the WADA “Road Map” and it remains for Russia to meet those conditions. The full support of the IOC will be important in ensuring that this occurs including incorporating this element into any consideration for reinstatement of the ROC.

A strong and independent Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) is an essential part of the solution. Russian athletes deserve no less, their competitors just as much. iNADO has and will continue to support the new RUSADA and its management. There has been an enormous effort by the World Anti-Doping Agency, UK Anti-Doping and others to rebuild RUSADA and they too have borne enormous costs. Progress by the new RUSADA has been good; the signs are promising.

But if Russian authorities do not acknowledge the institutionalised doping now so clearly established it is difficult to believe Russia will rehabilitate itself. There is a real potential that the investment in the new RUSADA will be wasted.

iNADO notes the pivotal roles that Yuliya and Vitaly Stepanov, Hajo Seppelt and Grigory Rodchenkov have played in reaching this point.

iNADO reiterates its support for what is a brave decision taken by the IOC in the face of enormous pressure.

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Graeme Steel, CEO iNADO

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I – Principles which the iNADO Board articulated in August 2017.

Denunciation of organised doping and subversion of anti-doping in Russia that is clear, unequivocal and forceful, and that re-establishes the IOC as a leader in protecting clean sport and clean athletes. The magnitude of the failures in Russia must be recognised.

Punishment that is proportionate with the facts and especially mindful of the harm to clean athletes, dozens of whom lost the opportunity to compete or to have their rightful moment on the podium to dirty Russian athletes over many years and many major competitions. The consequences must be commensurate with the damage caused to clean athletes from around the world (including those clean Russian athletes failed by their sport system and its leaders).

Reparation of the damage done to anti-doping, to clean athletes and to the image of Olympic competition.

Consequences targeted to individuals and bodies that bear true responsibility whether through acts of commission or failures of duty.

Application of the principles of the 2016 decisions (and more recent ones) of the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and on the decision-making of the International Association of Athletics Federations and the International Paralympic Committee with respect to their Russian member federations.

Continued oversight for individuals and bodies responsible for sport and for anti-doping in Russia to ensure organised doping and subversion of anti-doping is eradicated and cannot reoccur.

Deterrence that will ensure such gross subversion of anti-doping and of clean sport will not happen again in Russia, or in other countries now or in the future. The IOC’s measures must contribute to restoring a level playing field for the present and the future, affect future behavioural change in Russia and elsewhere, and restore public trust in clean competition.

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iNADO Statement: iNADO Athlete + Leader Symposium – Shared Insights for Making Anti-Doping Better

The Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations (iNADO) has concluded a dynamic and thought-provoking Athlete + Leader Symposium dedicated to "Making Anti-Doping Better."

Athletes and NADO Leaders exchanged many ideas at the Symposium that will make anti-doping better:

  • Athletes have been, and can and should be, leaders of anti-doping programmes and organisations.
  • Athletes and their organisations must be able to speak freely and independently on how best to protect clean sport, and be able to constructively criticise anti-doping organisations and others failing to do their jobs.
  • NADOs must be dedicated to seeking athlete advice in formulating and executing best-practice anti-doping. That includes technological innovation. The majority of athletes would be open to the possibility of GPS technology in place of ADAMS for whereabouts. Participants support the practice of dried blood spot sample collection technique and look forward to continued improvements in the technology. Given the number of well-established paperless doping control systems, WADA must move immediately to create a data management interface to enable NADOs to transfer electronically to ADAMS the data in their control.
  • It is the loss of medals, and the honour of being on the podium, that hurts most when doping robs clean athletes. Sport must make this right as best it can, for example through appropriate new medal ceremonies. The personal violation, the financial losses, the loss of faith in sport organisations, and the loss of faith in sport as a power for the good, are also heart-breaking effects of doping on clean athletes.
  • Perhaps dopers who are eligible to return to competition should never again be permitted to stand on the podium, to receive prize money or to hold national or world records.
  • Former dopers do have a role in anti-doping. They can be powerful educators, and can provide important intelligence about doping. But they must be genuinely remorseful including apologising publicly for the hurt they have caused to clean athletes and to their sports. They should not get reduced sanctions for their contributions to anti-doping but should do so for their own rehabilitation and because it is the moral and ethical thing to do.
  • NADOs must remain vigilant against any form of corruption of anti-doping. They must have measures to prevent, detect, cure and punish corruption.
  • NADOs must redouble their efforts to provide state-of-the-art data protection for personal and confidential athlete information.
  • No regulator, including the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and NADOs, can operate without its stakeholders committed to reporting misconduct. But as things stand, some athletes feel that investigative journalists are more effective than anti-doping organisations in pursuing organisational misconduct and corruption in anti-doping.
  • Creating a culture of reporting and intervening – or whistleblowing – when doping is observed is complex, needs more study and requires more promotion of existing reporting mechanisms. Reporting presents a moral dilemma, pitting personal belief in the values of clean sport against personal loyalties to team mates, support personnel and even to fellow competitors. Individuals may be more comfortable confronting directly those they suspect of or observe doping, rather than reporting to authorities. Those who do report must be taken seriously, must be kept informed and supported, and must be protected from possible retaliation.
  • There is significant inequity in anti-doping around the world. Athletes believe that well-developed NADOs must help weaker NADOs (and International Federations who lack a robust anti-doping program) provide fit-for-purpose anti-doping. Governments have an interest in protecting their own athletes by funding such assistance.
  • NADOs and their athletes very much want the new Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) to succeed and to provide credible anti-doping protection to Russian athletes. But for international trust in the new RUSADA, it will be judged by its actions and performance, not by its words. It must “walk the talk.” The signs are promising, but trust will take time.
  • The prevalence of doping is not well-enough understood and, therefore, the effectiveness of anti-doping programmes (both deterrence and detection) is difficult to assess. For example, much more work is needed analysing athlete and sport performance data, and using are best-existing survey techniques to explore athlete attitudes, behavior and observations.
  • Just as athletes are subject to sanctions for doping under the World Anti-Doping Code, so should organisations (and their leaders) which fail to meet their Code requirements.
  • Without relaxing the personal responsibility for individual athletes to avoid doping, the anti-doping system must recognise that in some teams, and sports, and countries, athletes have no choice and are forced to dope or forced out of sport.
  • The Code itself needs a thorough and top-to-bottom review to determine improvements for its 2021 version. For example, the athletes felt strongly that coaches and trainers are the single most significant source of pressure to dope and the Code does not do nearly enough to hold them to account. The Code’s anti-doping rule violation of “prohibited association” with dirty coaches or doctors is seen as ineffective.
  • The time has come for an Athlete Charter of Rights addressing doping and other matters.

The 2017 iNADO Athlete & Leader Symposium was hosted with great hospitality by the Berlinger Group Switzerland. It included over 20 elite athletes from able-bodied and para-sport (many of them Olympic or Paralympic medalists, or World Champions), and leaders from the 37 NADOs of Andorra, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Barbados, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Cameroon, Canada, China, Croatia, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States.

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iNADO Statement: iNADO Athlete + Leader Symposium — October 30-31

The Board of Directors of the Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations (iNADO) is pleased to welcome over 85 elite athletes, National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO) leaders and anti-doping experts to a two-day Athlete + Leader Symposium dedicated to "Making Anti-Doping Better."

This unprecedented gathering will be hosted by the Berlinger Group Switzerland, at the factory at which it makes its world-leading doping control equipment.

The dozens of athletes attending include many national and world champions, and Olympic and Paralympic medalists, from a wide range of able-bodied and para-sports.  The athlete commissions of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee have been invited.  The leaders of over thirty-five NADOs will be present.

The programme includes a wide-range of topics, including the prevalence of doping, its impact on individual athletes, the role of former dopers in anti-doping, technological innovation, protection of athlete privacy, an Athlete Charter of Rights, changes for the next version of the World Anti-Doping Code, and current policy issues in anti-doping. 

One of those current policy issues is the rehabilitation of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA).  All NADOs (and their athletes) have an interest in a credible and effective RUSADA.  The iNADO Board believes that the best and quickest way of achieving that is to engage with RUSADA, not exclude it.  RUSADA, which is a paid-up iNADO Member, will participate in the Symposium.

Assistance for the rebuilding of RUSADA is being provided by leading iNADO Members, especially UK Anti-Doping and the Lithuanian ADA, and also the Finnish Centre for Integrity in Sport, NADA Germany and the Polish Anti-Doping Agency, and of course by WADA.

WADA’s reporting of RUSADA’s technical compliance with the “roadmap” is encouraging, including RUSADA's restructuring, re-staffing and re-financing as an independent agency.  There remain of course important outstanding WADA

"roadmap" issues, particularly for action by the Russian government.  And Russian participation in the upcoming PyeongChang Olympics and Paralympics is a live issue.

In these circumstances, the iNADO Board believes it is important the NADO CEOs and elite athletes from around the world have the chance to meet the new RUSADA Director General, Yuriy Ganus, to talk to him, to express concerns about doping and anti-doping in Russia to him directly, and to take a personal measure of him as a leader and as an individual.  Trust requires personal interaction, among other things.  Our Athlete + Leader Symposium is an early opportunity for that interaction.

iNADO will use a mobile survey technology to seek the views of participants real-time as the Symposium progresses.  The responses to the survey questions will form outcomes of the Symposium.  iNADO intends to make those outcomes public for the benefit of its 69 Member NADOs and for the benefit of all anti-doping organisations and their athletes.

The 2017 iNADO Athlete & Leader Symposium hosted by the Berlinger Group Switzerland is for pre-registered participants only.  For organisational reasons, and due to a tight programme, we will not be able to host any guests from the media at the Symposium.  iNADO will summarize the Symposium with a final media release issued on Tuesday, October 31 at 15h00 CET.  The final programme and list of participating NADOs will be posted on the iNADO Facebook page Monday, October 30 by 10h00 CET (

Contact: Joseph de Pencier, CEO, iNADO

NADO Leaders Group: Doping Crisis Threatens 2018 Winter Olympic Games

September 14, 2017

Clean sport leaders call on IOC to fulfill responsibility
to discipline Russia, protect clean athletes and Olympic Games

Denver, Colorado (September 14, 2017):  Less than five months before the start of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, seventeen National Anti-Doping Organization (NADO) leaders held a fourth special meeting since the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and addressed the International Olympic Committee’s continuing refusal to hold Russia accountable for one of the biggest doping scandals in sports history, saying IOC inaction imperils clean athletes and the future of the Olympic movement.

Over a two-day meeting, NADO leaders called on the IOC to ban the Russian Olympic Committee from participation in the 2018 Winter Games for proven corruption of the Sochi Olympic Games and continuing failure in its obligations to clean sport.

“A country’s sport leaders and organizations should not be given credentials to the Olympics when they intentionally violate the rules and rob clean athletes. This is especially unfair when athletes are punished when they violate the rules,” NADO leaders said.

NADO leaders reaffirmed their commitment to provide consistent criteria for individual Russian athletes to compete, as neutrals and independent of the Russian Olympic Committee, for those who have been subject to robust anti-doping protocols, consistent with precedent established by the IAAF.

 “The IOC needs to stop kicking the can down the road and immediately issue meaningful consequences,” NADO leaders said. “The failure to expeditiously investigate individual Russian athlete doping poses a clear and present danger for clean athletes worldwide and at the 2018 Winter Games. We have serious doubts that the 2018 Games will be clean due to the incomplete investigation of massive evidence of individual doping by Russians athletes at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games and given the inadequate testing evidence of Russian athletes over the past four years.”

NADO leaders support the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)’s requirement that Russia take public responsibility for its fraudulent actions detailed in the McLaren Report, in order to regain eligibility following the 2018 Winter Games, specifically:

-          Acceptance by the Russians of the findings of the McLaren Report, or credible proof to refute it, in line with similar requests from the IAAF and the IPC;

-          A systematic effort to interview Russian athletes, officials and other witnesses exposed by the McLaren Report as having been potentially involved in the doping conspiracy;

-          Access to samples from the Moscow Laboratory, turning over electronic data, including servers, testing instrument data files, computer files, and email and text message archives from the time period of the Russian conspiracy, as outlined in the McLaren Report.

“The IOC and WADA must insist that Russia turn over this key additional evidence.  A full account and justice for clean athletes cannot be achieved without this information,” NADO leaders said. “The failure to properly investigate and prosecute free of sport-political influence those who violated anti-doping rules, breaks the trust with millions of clean athletes around the world.  This dereliction of duty sends a cynical message that those of favored, insider nations within the Olympic Movement will never be punished or held accountable, violating the fundamental covenant of fairness on which sport is based.”

With the potential effects of individual athlete investigations unresolved, the hopes and dreams of clean athletes worldwide hang in the balance. Less than 100 of more than 1000 possible cases of Russian doping have been closed and those appear to have been shut prematurely before the IOC or IFs have obtained complete evidence from the Moscow laboratory or interviewed the relevant witnesses. 

 “The mishandling of this Russia doping crisis has left the athletes of the world wondering if global anti-doping regulations have teeth and whether their fundamental right to clean sport matters,” the leaders said. “This is exactly why reforms are urgently needed now. The reforms outlined in the Copenhagen Reform Declaration will protect the progress that has been made in anti-doping and ensure a brighter future to prevent this type of scandal from ever happening again.”

The reforms outlined by the leaders support a strong, global regulator in WADA and an international commitment to totally independent anti-doping systems.  The changes put forth are not merely cosmetic but ensure WADA is governed with transparency, independence and free of conflict of interest  between those who promote sport and those who police it.  The NADO leaders steadfastly support the principle of true independence by ensuring that no decision maker from an anti-doping organization be allowed to hold a policy-making position within a sport or event.

During the meeting, NADO leaders also heard from Russian whistleblowers Yulia and Vitaly Stephanov and Olympian Johan Olav Koss of Fair Sport.  The leaders fully support WADA Athletes Committee Chair, Beckie Scott, and her effort to formalize the Charter of Athlete’s Rights.

“It’s time for action.  Athletes want to see results -- not more lip service-- that actually support their decision to compete clean,” said NADO leaders.

Those in attendance and supporting the outcomes included anti-doping leaders from around the world, including: Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Canada, Cape Verde, Communauté française (Belgium), Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Flanders (Belgium), France, German Speaking Community (Belgium), Germany, Guatemala, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenia, Latvia, Luxembourg, Brussels NADO (Belgium), Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, San Marino, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the USA, as well as the Institute of National Anti-Doping Organizations, the international member association of National Anti-Doping Organizations. NADOs have the sole and unequivocal mandate to protect clean athletes, without conflicting responsibilities such as promoting sport. iNADO's 69 Members represent all Olympic Regions and conduct the majority of anti-doping work worldwide each year.

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iNADO Statement: iNADO Board Urges a Principled Approach to Russian Sanctions

Bonn, Germany

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is awaiting the reports of two commissions in order to determine further action on systemic doping in Russia.  Following the evidence and findings set out in two reports of Professor Richard McLaren (commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency), the Oswald Commission is considering Russian manipulation of samples and analysis, while the Schmid Commission is considering institutional corruption among Russian government and sport organisations.  These commissions are to report in October.

The Board of Directors of the Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations (iNADO) urges that the further action by the IOC be made with a principled approach.  IOC-imposed consequences should be based on:

  • Denunciation of organised doping and subversion of anti-doping in Russia that is clear, unequivocal and forceful, and that re-establishes the IOC as a leader in protecting clean sport and clean athletes.  The magnitude of the failures in Russia must be recognised.
  • Punishment that is proportionate with the facts and especially mindful of the harm to clean athletes, dozens of whom lost the opportunity to compete or to have their rightful moment on the podium to dirty Russian athletes over many years and many major competitions.  The consequences must be commensurate with the damage caused to clean athletes from around the world (including those clean Russian athletes failed by their sport system and its leaders).
  • Reparation of the damage done to anti-doping, to clean athletes and to the image of Olympic competition.
  • Consequences targeted to individuals and bodies that bear true responsibility whether through acts of commission or failures of duty.
  • Application of the principles of the 2016 decisions of the Court of Arbitration for Sport on the decision-making of the International Association of Athletics Federations and the International Paralympic Committee with respect to their Russian member federations.
  • Deterrence that will ensure such gross subversion of anti-doping and of clean sport will not happen again in Russia, or in other countries now or in the future.  The IOC’s measures must contribute to restoring a level playing field for the present and the future, affect future behavioural change in Russia and elsewhere, and restore public trust in clean competition.
  • Continued oversight for individuals and bodies responsible for sport and for anti-doping in Russia to ensure organised doping and subversion of anti-doping is eradicated and cannot reoccur.

iNADO is the international member association of NADOs.  NADOs have the sole and unequivocal mandate to protect clean athletes, without conflicting responsibilities such as promoting sport.  iNADO's 68 Members represent all Olympic Regions and conduct the majority of anti-doping work world-wide each year.

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iNADO Statement: Graeme Steel Chosen as iNADO’s New Chief Executive Officer

Bonn, Germany

The Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations is delighted to announce Graeme Steel will be its new Chief Executive Officer.   Graeme is the outgoing CEO of Drug Free Sport New Zealand.

A careful and public recruitment process involved members of the iNADO Board of Directors, and two senior non-Board NADO leaders.  There was an outstanding group of candidates.  After thorough consideration, the selection committee produced a unanimous recommendation.  The Board was pleased to accept it and appoint Graeme Steel to succeed Joseph de Pencier toward the end of 2017.

Said iNADO Chair Doug MacQuarrie, on behalf of the Board of Directors:

“We welcome Graeme to our leadership with great pleasure.  The anti-doping community, and our membership in particular, will benefit greatly with him as our new CEO.  Global anti-doping is at a critical juncture and, as we have seen to date, iNADO has much to offer.  When Graeme joins us in this central role, iNADO will enjoy a seamless transition in its world-class leadership.

“Graeme is widely known as a passionate advocate for clean sport, athletes’ rights and organisational excellence.  Many of us in anti-doping have worked shoulder to shoulder with him for years in the pursuit of Clean Sport Together.  Graeme has distinguished himself by a focus on the benefit of sport driven by clear and positive values.  His accomplishments in our field are widely regarded.  It is a privilege to have him join to lead our exceptional staff team.”

Graeme Steel accepted his appointment with enthusiasm, saying:

“National Anti-Doping Organisations contribute more than any other group to the achievement of clean sport.  Assisting them to continually improve their effectiveness is a primary goal of iNADO.  I look forward to applying my almost 30 years of experience in anti-doping work to that task.  iNADO, through its Board, staff and membership has a bank of knowledge and experience second to none.  The challenge is to harness that and ensure that it continues to contribute constructively to the work of WADA and other key players who have the same unswerving objective of protecting clean athletes and supporting the integrity of sport.”

Incumbent CEO Joseph de Pencier stated:

“Graeme is one of the most highly-respected leaders of the NADO community.  He has a depth and breadth of experience in anti-doping that is unique.  His passion for ethical sport is matched by his reputation as a leader and as a thinker in our field.  None of us can doubt his capacity to guide the Institute and its Membership through the challenges and opportunities of improving best practices, of Code compliance, of anti-doping organisation governance reform and of enhancing athlete confidence in anti-doping.  Mathias Merschhemke, Jorge Leyva and I could not be happier in welcoming Graeme as my successor.”

Graeme will come to Bonn and on strength at the end of October, with the month of November as the transition period between outgoing and incoming CEOs.  In the future, Joseph will continue to be available to Graeme, to the Institute and to the community as a consultant and as a volunteer to support the vision of Clean Sport Together and the continuing development and success of iNADO.

Annexes:            Graeme Steel Bio

CEO Selection Procedure, Herman Ram, Chair of the Selection Committee

iNADO Statement: iNADO Board of Directors Statement on Low-Level Clenbuterol Findings

Bonn, Germany

Earlier this month, the German broadcaster ARD reported about the presence of the prohibited steroid Clenbuterol in the urine samples of several unnamed athletes taken at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games, and retested in 2016. WADA issued a Statement on the matter. A number of NADOs including those of iNADO Board Members contacted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for clarification and additional information.

Clenbuterol is a powerful performance enhancer with a long history of abuse in sport. Clenbuterol is used by cheating athletes to increase musculature, speed, strength and endurance without gaining weight and for its positive enhancement of breathing performance. But it is also used in meat production, especially in China, Mexico and Guatemala, and has led to inadvertent low-level adverse analytical findings in athletes who have eaten contaminated meat.

The iNADO Board of Directors thanks WADA for responding to NADO concerns and providing additional information both at the meeting of WADA’s NADO Working Group April 11 and 12, and last week during a teleconference with WADA Director General Olivier Niggli and Science Director Olivier Rabin.

It is clear that there are gaps in the World Anti-Doping Program for retesting of samples, for reporting the analytical results and for results management, including lack of detailed guidance to Anti-Doping Organisations (ADOs) on appropriate treatment of low-concentration Clenbuterol findings that may (with necessary preliminary review) be the result of contaminated meat. The NADO community is aware of the current inability of laboratories to distinguish between low-concentration Clenbuterol findings that may be the result of direct use and those that may be the result of meat contamination. (And of the ongoing work to remedy this problem.)

The current situation has resulted in inconsistent treatment of low-concentration Clenbuterol findings by ADOs. Many cases involving clenbuterol findings have gone to a hearing have led to results disqualifications and 1st ADRVs and even periods of ineligibility. For example, the case of Polish paddler Adam Seroczynski. But many other cases with similar findings have been closed without full results management and leading to no consequences at all. The current situation has also resulted in inconsistent oversight of ADOs as results management authorities (RMAs) with respect to comparable Clenbuterol findings. All NADOs would agree that low-level Clenbuterol findings should be managed according to the Code and in an open and transparent way.

 Therefore, the iNADO Board urges WADA to take steps to ensure consistent treatment of low-concentration Clenbuterol findings that may indicate contamination from meat sources. These steps should include:

  • WADA guidance to all ADOs, which should restate the problem of meat contamination in certain countries as a source of low-concentration Clenbuterol findings, and describe how such cases have been handled to date and the numbers of them.
  • WADA updating ADOs on the ongoing research seeking to distinguish between direct use of Clenbuterol and clenbuterol sourced resulting from contaminated meat.
  • WADA guidance to accredited laboratories on the consistent reporting of analytical results for Clenbuterol (including designating some analytical findings as “provisional analytical findings”), and about the communications they may have with RMAs in such cases.
  • As was the case with respect to AAFs for Meldonium, WADA should give ADOs direction on a consistent approach for all ADOs to take for results management of such cases, including clearly stated circumstances in which such adverse analytical findings need not be pursued as possible ADRVs and need not go through the normal results management process, and the circumstances in which they must be pursued as possible anti-doping rule violations with full results management.
  • That should include a definition and guidance to all ADOs on conducting “pattern analysis” to determine Clenbuterol cases to pursue or not.
  • WADA should indicate the gaps in the current World Anti-Doping Program with respect to retesting of samples, including the results management of AAFs produced by retesting, and describe a process for filling those gaps. WADA’s stakeholders should be invited to make proposals to WADA. iNADO and its Members will be glad to participate in this effort. In the view of the iNADO Board, this should be done as a priority and cannot await the consultation and revision process leading to the 2021 Code.
  • WADA should indicate how it intends to advise any ADO as RMA with secured stored samples on Clenbuterol retesting. This would include the IOC as the RMA in dealing with secured 2008 Beijing samples which might still be re-analysed for Clenbuterol with improved analytical techniques that in the future can distinguish between with a view direct use of Clenbuterol and Clenbuterol consumed in meat.

The iNADO Board notes that the documents prepared for the upcoming WADA Executive Committee and Foundation Board meetings refer to a forthcoming WADA paper on the subject. The iNADO Board looks forward to the paper being issued as quickly as possible for the benefit of the entire ADO community and of clean athletes.

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iNADO Statement: Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations Board of Directors’ Response to International Olympic Committee (IOC) Declaration of March 16, 2017

Bonn, Germany

The aftermath of the Russian doping scandal has presented a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reform and strengthen global anti-doping governance.  And while it is fair to say that not every anti-doping stakeholder agrees on a best path forward, National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs) around the world welcome the ongoing discussion.  Diverse stakeholder input is necessary to create and sustain an environment where every athlete can have confidence in their opportunity to compete clean and win.

However, with the PyeongChang Olympic and Paralympic Games now less than 11 months away, the moment for meaningful reform is fading fast.  It is with that sense of urgency in mind that the iNADO Board of Directors is compelled to respond to the International Olympic Committee’s March 16, 2017 “12 Point Declaration” of its Executive Board.

Strengthening WADA Requires Giving It True Independence

  • In its Declaration, the IOC Executive Board acknowledges the merits of a stronger and more independent WADA.  This aligns with the reforms outlined by NADOs in the Copenhagen Reform Proposals of August 30, 2016.
  • For example, the IOC notes that WADA must be “free” from the influence of sports organisations, and that WADA should have both a “neutral” President and Vice-President who have “no function in any government or governmental organisation or in any sports organisation.”  These statements reflect an important agreement among all stakeholders including the IOC that sport can no longer be entrusted to both promote and police itself. The inherent conflict of interest is too great.
  • Despite this position, the IOC goes on to declare it needs equal representation on the WADA Foundation Board and Executive Committee, and to rationalise why real independence is not possible – essentially arguing for maintaining the current system, which has repeatedly failed to make the rights of clean athletes the primary concern.
  • The inconsistency of messaging from the IOC on the matter of independence of WADA is confusing.  If it is serious about empowering WADA to be free from the influence of sports organisations, the IOC must step back from its efforts to maintain its operational influence.
  • If the IOC is sincere about meaningful change and independence, the Copenhagen Reform Proposals outline the appropriate role of sport in global anti-doping practices. Most importantly, the reforms have found support in petitions signed by hundreds of athletes, as well as the endorsement of sports organisations, including National Olympic Committees that recognise WADA cannot be fully effective until sport influence is removed from WADA’s governance.  Notably, at its recent Annual General Meeting, the 67-Member iNADO reiterated its resolute commitment to the global reforms outlined in the Copenhagen Reform Proposals.

If Malevolent “National Interests” Exist, Confront Them

  • IOC representatives have used the term “national interests” to suggest that it is in every country’s interest to dope their athletes for international competition in order to win medals.  This premise is indefensible.  The vast majority of nations and athletes are fully dedicated to protecting public health, upholding the rules of sport and national laws, and meeting the obligations of their international treaties, e.g. the UNESCO Convention Against Doping in Sport.
  • We have witnessed the singular Russian example of “national interests” subverting sporting integrity in the absence of the commitment to clean sport.  Should this ever happen again, an empowered and a vigilant WADA, with sanctioning powers of its own, would be able to deal effectively with such a situation.
  • Sadly, faced with the greatest example of “national interests” subverting clean sport in the history of the modern games – the misconduct of Russia – the IOC has yet to respond with any form of meaningful national sanction.  Why did it not ban Russia outright until that country gets its anti-doping house in order, as WADA recommended?  If there are other instances of “national interests” perverting sport, why does the IOC invite those countries to participate in the Olympic Games?  The IOC concern for “national interests” is not constructive and distracts from the more important matter of achieving WADA independence, empowerment and adequate resourcing.

Independent Testing Authority: A Global Testing Bureaucracy?

  • The iNADO Board agrees with the IOC that international sport needs independent anti-doping.  But it is our strong belief that true reform in global anti-doping efforts does not require the implementation of the IOC’s proposal for a single new massive, top-down global testing bureaucracy.  Practicality aside (and it is a very large aside), the risk is that a monolith consolidates control without appropriate checks and balances.  Better basic adherence to the fundamental principles of “independence” as outlined in the Copenhagen Reform Proposals.  It would be far more timely, cost-effective and efficient to invest in current independent anti-doping capacity than to spend tens of millions on an entirely new body that preserves a conflict of interest.
  • Creating a large-scale bureaucracy that values minimum standardised testing criteria over a localised, intelligence-based testing model that prevents doping, would be a significant step backwards for clean sport.  While simultaneously professing a commitment to “independence,” the IOC is attempting to drive how the new system will be constructed.  This again is emblematic of the IOC’s reluctance to relinquish control of international anti-doping efforts.
  • There is huge value in empowering WADA to be a strong global regulator that can oversee NADOs and all other anti-doping organisations, hold them accountable, and ensure that athletes who come from countries without the political will or ability to implement effective national anti-doping programmes are still being held to the same high standard.

Sanctioning Authority Should Not Rest Solely with the Court of Arbitration for Sport

  • The IOC cites “separation of powers” as the rationale behind removing all sanctioning power from anti-doping organisations and handing it solely to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).  It is noteworthy that the President of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS), the body responsible for the administration and financing of CAS, is also an IOC Vice-President.  More inconsistent messaging from the IOC of the kind that confounds efforts at constructive reform dialogue.
  • CAS is an adjudicative body and, when it is needed, an appellate body.  It already has the authority to oversee all sanctioning decisions (including those not to impose sanctions) under anti-doping programmes that comply with the World Anti-Doping Code.  In the majority of current cases, CAS is not needed because sanctioning decisions are sound.  The IOC would “throw the baby out with the bathwater” by massively expanding CAS’s remit when the evidence is that replacing the existing system is not required.  Relying solely on CAS in all cases from all countries and all sports would result in inefficiency and exorbitant costs.  It is difficult to see how this would serve the rights of clean athletes.

Despite these differences, we still genuinely believe that with a truly independent WADA, with strong and independent NADOs, and with international sports organisations that are committed to removing themselves from critical anti-doping functions, the future of clean sport is bright.  To discuss and reach a better understanding of these points with the IOC, NADO leaders have for months been seeking a meeting with IOC President Thomas Bach.  If we continue down the path we are currently on, without proper anti-doping reform, we risk losing once and for all the faith of clean athletes, and with them, the spirit and promise of the sports we love.  We believe the IOC can, and must, do better.

Doug MacQuarrie, Chair,, +1 613 521 3340 x3224

Joseph de Pencier, CEO,, +49 (0)175 829 6704

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iNADO Statement: Global Anti-Doping Reform

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – At the end of its Annual General Meeting, and on the eve of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) annual Anti-Doping Organisation Symposium, the most important annual gathering for anti-doping practitioners and hosted by anti-doping’s global regulator, the 67-Member Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations (iNADO) reiterated its resolute commitment to the global reforms outlined in the Copenhagen Declaration.

The proposed reforms are simple and effective:

• Remove the fundamental conflict of interest that exists when anti-doping decisions are controlled by sport organisations.

• Strengthen WADA through improved independence, transparency and increased investment

• Increase and make clear WADA’s ability to investigate, monitor compliance, and impose sanctions, so that all countries and organisations which engage in state-supported or institutionalised doping are held accountable.

• Provide the opportunity for athletes who have been robbed by doping to have significant and meaningful recognition and celebration of their achievements – including swift reallocation of any medals

• Increase support and protection for courageous whistleblowers around the world.

Over the past few months, these reforms have gained tremendous support from athletes around the world. It is with these reforms in mind that iNADO has proposed concrete measures to the WADA Governance Working Group considering the reform of the agency’s governing structures. The iNADO proposals aim to achieve real change to the current WADA governance structure and finally remove the structural conflicts of interests that have for too long prevented the rights of clean athletes from being fully protected.

A full list of the Copenhagen Declaration reforms can be found here.

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Press releases from our Members in relation to this statement:

NADA Austria (in German)

Agency for Doping Control of Bosnia and Herzegovina (in Bosnian)

Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport

Anti Doping Denmark (in Danish)

NADA Germany

South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport


German Athletes Commission

NADO Leaders Group: NADO Leaders Advance Urgent Reforms in Wake of Second McLaren Report

Dublin, Ireland

Special leadership Summit held in Dublin, Ireland

·       In light of the second McLaren Report, leaders call for the exclusion of Russian sports organizations at all international competitions – with a uniform process for athletes to compete as neutrals until substantive progress in reform efforts are made

·       Leaders also call for the removal of all major international competitions, as well a moratorium on the awarding of new competitions to Russia

·       Leaders endorse WADA as global regulator and offer support for ongoing reform efforts

·       Leaders reject concept of a new one size fits all, global “Independent Testing Authority” controlled by sport and consider guidelines for development of independent testing authorities to manage anti-doping responsibilities formerly conducted by International Federations (IFs)

DUBLIN, IRELAND (January 10, 2017)– Following the devastating evidence of wide-spread systemic corruption exposed by the second McLaren Report, leaders from 19 National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs) came together for a special summit, hosted by Sport Ireland, with hopes to restore the faith of clean athletes and to ensure that the integrity of sport is never again brought into such disrepute.

“With the best interests of clean athletes at heart, it is our hope that these proposals will help sport move past these dark times and pave a path towards a brighter future – one where the promise of clean competition is fulfilled.” said the leaders in a joint statement. “But in order to do so, steps must be taken, and it is imperative that those responsible for Russia’s state-supported system are held accountable, that calls for a truly independent anti-doping model are finally heeded and those athletes affected by this abhorrent behavior are given back at least some of what was taken from them.”

Meeting for the third time in six months, the NADO leadership group once again reaffirmed commitment to the Copenhagen Reform Proposals, a series of urgent reforms brought forth last August following the release of the initial McLaren Report, while calling on the international sport community to bolster anti-doping efforts and restore athlete’s faith in fair competition around the globe.

With new, irrefutable evidence of Russia’s institutionalized doping system uncovered by McLaren and his team, the leadership group has called for the exclusion of Russian sport organizations from all international competition until the sport and anti-doping systems in Russia are brought into full compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code.

However, in line with the approach taken by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), and with the understanding that there may be some Russian athletes who have been subject to the robust anti-doping practices of other countries, the leadership group has offered to help in applying standardized criteria by which athletes can be assessed in order to compete as neutrals.

The leaders have also called for IFs and other major event organizers to remove all international competitions currently set to take place in Russia, as well as a moratorium on awarding any new competitions to the country.  

In an attempt to prevent the type of malfeasance seen in Russia, NADO leaders advocate for a more independent global anti-doping model. The leadership group re-affirms its position that all anti-doping organisations, including the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), should be independent and adopt the necessary reforms, including a proposal that no decision-maker within an anti-doping organization hold a policy-making position within a sport or event organizer.

While there was continued recognition of the value in maintaining close collaboration with sport – especially in regard to anti-doping education, funding and intelligence sharing – the leaders stand firm that investigatory, testing and results management functions be separate from sports organisations. These reforms would help prevent the inherent conflict of interest that exists when a sports organisation is tasked with both promoting and policing itself.

NADO leaders also recognize the need for a system of checks and balances with greater transparency for anti-doping efforts in international sport. International athletes should be subject to harmonized and robust testing from independent national anti-doping organizations and anti-doping organizations overseen by WADA in order to ensure fairness.

Lastly, with many IF’s now facing extensive evidence of doping and cover-ups following the publication of McLaren’s efforts, the NADO leaders look to WADA, the global regulator, to monitor and act – as required by the Code and UNESCO Treaty Against Doping in Sport – to ensure evidence is investigated and appropriate consequences are applied.

While those affected athletes can never reclaim the moments that were stolen from them, the international community must do everything in its power to honour these victims and ensure justice for them. Including, if it is the athlete’s wish, the opportunity to have a formal medal ceremony conducted at the Olympic Games or World Championship following the approval of medal re-allocation.

Former Irish international race walker Olive Loughnane was one of those affected athletes, having seen her 2009 World Championship medal upgraded from silver to gold in 2016. Today she backed the NADOs work in bringing about change to the anti-doping system: “As an athlete, I was shocked and appalled following the revelations in the McLaren Report that those tasked with the protection of clean athletes and the integrity of sport were in fact aiding and abetting deception of a seismic nature. I welcome the important work of the National Anti Doping Organisations and their calls for reform. Strong action needs to be taken to ensure a message is sent out to all that doping is sport is completely unacceptable.”

The proposals were written and endorsed by anti-doping leaders from around the world, including: Australia, Austria, Belgium (Flanders), Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Puerto Rico, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland and USA.

Find below links to the own media statements of some of these NADOs

Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority

NADA Austria (German/English)

NADO Flanders (Belgium)

Anti-Doping Denmark (Danish)

NADA Germany

Anti-Doping Switzerland

Ukraine National Anti-Doping Centre

U.S. Anti-Doping Agency



iNADO Statement: The Response to the Second McLaren Report Must be Strong, Decisive and Unwavering

Bonn, Germany

Professor Richard McLaren has today released extensive evidence of an institutionalised doping conspiracy and cover up by Russian authorities.  It involved summer and winter sports athletes who participated with Russian officials within the Ministry of Sport and its infrastructure, including the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), the state security agency and the WADA-accredited Moscow Laboratory.  The evidence shows this systematic and centralised cover up and manipulation of the doping control process evolved and was refined over the course of its use at London 2012 Summer Games, Universiade Games 2013, Moscow IAAF World Championships 2013, and the Winter Games in Sochi in 2014.  The evolution of the infrastructure was also spawned in response to World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) regulatory changes and surprise interventions.

“This was an unprecedented national doping programme,” said Joseph de Pencier, CEO of the Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations.  “Even in the darkest days of state-sponsored doping in former East Bloc in the 1970s and 1980s, the organised drugging of athletes was not also sustained by the deliberate corruption of anti-doping measures on such a scale.

“The response must include punishment of the malevolent Russian individuals and organisations who committed and condoned these scandalous acts.  This is absolutely essential as a deterrent to future perversion of clean sport.  The response must include new authority to WADA to detect and sanction such transgressions.  The response must include the unconditional commitment of Russian authorities to root out its country’s doping culture, including taking responsibility for what McLaren has documented.  The response must include reforms to sport and anti-doping governance, including that of WADA, to ensure institutionalised conflicts of interest can never prevent swift, decisive, unreserved and effective actions to protect clean athletes.”

The Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations (iNADO) calls on the International Olympic Committee in particular to do the right thing by clean athletes: to finally act decisively, to finally lead by example, to leave no doubts as to its commitment to clean sport.  Russian athletes cannot be welcome in the Olympic Movement until their sport system and their government are demonstrably free of the will to subvert the fundamental values and spirit of sport.  If future investigations produce evidence of similar malfeasance in other countries, the IOC response must be equally categorical.

Hundreds of follow-up anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) proceedings are now necessary to prosecute individuals based on the evidence Prof. McLaren has amassed and evaluated.  The IOC, the International Paralympic Committee and International Sport Federations must be relentless in pursuing those individuals.  Likewise, NADOs must stand ready to deal quickly, efficiently and with proper process with those athletes or athlete support personnel under their jurisdiction identified by Prof. McLaren as having committed possible ADRVs.

The fact of the McLaren investigation and its deeply disturbing results show how WADA can protect clean athletes if it is given the means and the mandate to do so.  WADA must have the capacity as anti-doping’s global regulator to investigate and ensure the prosecution of ADRVs regardless of sport and country.  A robust investigative capacity is an essential regulatory tool, and a key deterrent to organised doping.

Finally, it is vital to have strong, independent NADOs with the resources that demonstrate doping in sports is unacceptable.  The rebuilding of RUSADA is a critical outcome in response to Prof. McLaren’s two reports.  iNADO and its Members continue to support WADA’s efforts to ensure Russia has a credible, effective and transparent national anti-doping programme, and to provide interim anti-doping services in Russia and to Russian athletes in the meantime.

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These are media statements from our Members in relation to the McLaren Report:

Australian Sport Anti-Doping Authority

National Anti-Doping Agency Austria (in German)

Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport

Anti-Doping Denmark (in Danish)

National Anti-Doping Agency Germany

Sport Ireland

Japan Anti-Doping Agency (in Japanese)

Spanish Agency for the Protection of Health in Sport (in Spanish)

Swedish Sport Confederation (in Swedish)

Anti-Doping Switzerland

UK Anti-Doping

U.S. Anti-Doping Agency

Press releases by other stakeholders

German Athletes Commission (in German)









iNADO Statement: iNADO and Got Ethics A/S Partner for NADO Whistleblower Reporting

The Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations (iNADO) and Got Ethics A/S announce a new partnership to encourage and promote anti-doping whistleblowers.

It is vital for clean sport that individuals with concerns, suspicions or observations of doping are empowered to come forward and report possible misconduct. To do so with confidence, they need tools to speak to their National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs) securely and anonymously. NADOs need to be able to communicate with someone who reports wrongdoing in a way that gives the person confidence that their reports will be taken seriously and acted upon.

Got Ethics provides whistleblowing solutions internationally in a range of industries, and has proven reporting systems for doping, as well as for match fixing. Promoting a stronger international clean sport culture, iNADO will work with Got Ethics to provide whistleblowing solutions to all NADOs around the world.

Said iNADO CEO Joseph de Pencier: “National Anti-Doping programmes need to include a whistleblower programme to encourage reporting of misconduct and to protect those who come forward.  Got Ethics’ solutions are already used with success by Anti-Doping Denmark and Anti-Doping Norway, two of iNADO’s leading Members.  We want all of our Member NADOs to enhance reporting of possible doping.  Got Ethics’ solutions give them a key tool to do so.”

Said Peter Dagø, CEO of Got Ethics: “Our goal is to promote honesty in sports at all levels.  We do so by providing best in class and innovative IT-tools to NADO’s around the world.  iNADO’s great experience within doping and increasingly with match fixing will give us a unique playground to push our ideas further.  Together we will not only provide NADOs with whistleblowing solutions in the near future but also develop new IT solutions to achieve honest sport.”

iNADO is the international member association of NADOs. NADOs have the sole and unequivocal mandate to protect clean athletes, without conflicting responsibilities such as promoting sport. iNADO's 60 Members represent all Olympic Regions and conduct the majority of anti-doping work world-wide each year.

Got Ethics A/S is one of the leading international providers of solutions to fight unethical behaviour in private businesses, organizations and public authorities.

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NADO Leaders Group: Renewed call for anti-doping reform

Bonn, Germany

Yesterday, the leaders of a group of iNADO Members met in Bonn, hosted by the NADA Germany.  The outcome was a renewed call for anti-doping reform.  Here is a link to the NADA Germany website where you can find the press release the leaders issued.

This meeting was a continuation of a group of like-minded NADO leaders who first came together in July to write an open letter to the IOC urging it to ban Russia from the Rio Olympics because of the state-sponsored doping revealed by the first McLaren Report. Those same leaders also wrote an opinion piece for the Guardian newspaper later that month critical of the IOC’s actions: . 

The acquiescent approach of the IOC to state-sponsored doping in Russia, the contrasting firm response of the IPC, unfounded attacks on WADA, and then the Fancy Bears disclosure of private athlete TUE information (from a hacked IOC e-mail account for TUE applications of Rio Olympic athletes), have combined to erode athlete confidence in anti-doping.  This must be cured as quickly as possible and by decisive measures. 

That urgency led to a meeting of a slightly larger group of like-minded NADO leaders in Copenhagen at the end of August.  That meeting resulted in a more formal declaration of reform proposals for anti-doping.  Those proposals were acknowledged as constructive by WADA and widely praised by athletes and national sport organisations in many countries.

The meeting in Bonn, which iNADO helped to organise and the outcome of which iNADO supports, was a continued effort to influence sport decision-makers and public opinion about the changes needed to anti-doping to restore the confidence of clean athletes.  It reiterated the Copenhagen reform proposals and built on them.

The proposals were written and endorsed by anti-doping leaders from around the world, including Australia, Austria, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Flanders (Belgium), France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and United States.


October 27, 2016: WADA acknowleges this renewed call for anti-doping reform. See here

iNADO Statement: Olympic Summit Principles Helpful … But Not Sufficient

Bonn, Germany

“Protecting clean athletes is an absolute priority for the entire Olympic Movement.” So begins the Declaration of the 5th Olympic Summit which took place yesterday, October 8, 2016, in Lausanne.  However, the Declaration is not sufficient to achieve that aspiration.

Said Joseph de Pencier, CEO of the Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations: “The International Olympic Committee’s track record since the release of the McLaren Report has only confounded the global anti-doping system.  With this latest Declaration, the IOC only comes part way to restoring its credibility for the clean athletes of the world.”

Constructive principles are stated in the Declaration, such as the requirement for anti-doping to be independent, enhanced funding for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), improved support for whistleblowers, WADA to maintain and enhance its regulatory role with strengthened governance, more clarity in anti-doping organisation roles and responsibilities, and more standardised testing among IFs to produce better anti-doping equality for athletes around the world.  All this is encouraging, even if the devil will be in the detail.

But the positive aspects of the Declaration are overshadowed by several troubling omissions, including:

  • Nothing explicit about state-sponsored doping in Russia, or about the moral responsibility of the IOC to push Russian sport and sport leaders to necessary cultural change in that country for genuinely protecting clean sport.
  • Nothing acknowledging the findings of the McLaren Report as demonstrable facts and not mere allegations.
  • Nothing deploring the Fancy Bear cyber-attacks (which of course started against the IOC’s Rio ADAMS account and not against WADA) and the illegal abuse of the privacy of clean athletes.

Moreover, further principles contained in the Declaration will need to be clarified to be useful. For example:

  • “A new anti-doping testing authority within the framework of WADA to be established".
     This must mean under WADA’s regulatory jurisdiction, which should go without saying.  However, some will see this as a call for WADA to operate a new testing unit.  But it would be a clear conflict of interest for WADA to do so and then regulate its own operations.
  • “The anti-doping system to be more independent from national interests.  WADA to be given stronger authority over National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs).”
    WADA already has extensive authority to oversee NADOs, as well as International Federation and Major Event Organisation anti-doping programmes, when it comes to compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code (Code).  If what the IOC means is that WADA should have the authority to deal with state-sponsored doping, and how it corrupts a national anti-doping program, and what the Russian state did to the Russian NADO, then iNADO agrees whole-heartedly.  But why not say so to make it clear that WADA should have this additional jurisdiction?  Why not propose specific changes to the Code to make this a reality?

So the IOC has taken some steps in the right direction – but other steps are needed urgently.  If, as expected, the second report from Professor Richard McLaren details considerably more conclusive evidence of the corruption of Russian anti-doping, then it will be even clearer that the IOC has much more to do to protect clean athletes “as an absolute priority.”

iNADO is the international member association of NADOs. NADOs have the sole and unequivocal mandate to protect clean athletes, without conflicting responsibilities such as promoting sport. iNADO's 59 Members represent all Olympic Regions and conduct the majority of anti-doping work world-wide each year.

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As in previous occasions, we will retransmit here the media statements from our Members

NADA Germany (in German only)

iNADO Statement: iNADO Appeals to the IOC to Redeem Itself at the Olympic Summit

Bonn, Germany

“This battle is completely lost.  However there is time to win another.”  So said General Desaix to Bonaparte at Marengo. 

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) lost the anti-doping battle at Rio.  It did so before the 2016 Olympic Games began.  It ignored its own calls for harmony and independence in anti-doping, and the recommendations from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and anti-doping organizations around the world for a fair and standardised approach to determine Russian eligibility.  In doing so, the IOC failed the clean athletes of the world.  Sadly for sport, just as the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games are remembered by Ben Johnson’s infamy, this year’s Games will be remembered by participation of athletes served by a Russian system that corrupted clean sport.  Equally disappointing, in the eyes of many the IOC chose to associate itself with such a system by failing to reject it categorically.  The International Paralympic Committee, faced with the same facts, did not make that mistake.

But we must now move on.  Said Joseph de Pencier, CEO of iNADO: “It is less than eighteen months until the next Olympics.  Let's hope the IOC uses that time wisely to ensure that the reception of Russian athletes in PyeongChang is very different than the one in Rio.  Drawing on the deep reservoir of global passion for true sport – clean competition – the IOC can redeem itself and again contribute positively to the global effort for clean sport.” 

Heading into its Summit meeting on October 8, 2016, iNADO believes the IOC must:

  • Confront its current position objectively and with a long-term view.  As the IOC’s reaction to the McLaren Report has damaged sport – as many believe – then it must commit to becoming part of the solution and, not through denial and equivocation continue to exacerbate the problem.  One starting point would be to acknowledge, as has the Court of Arbitration for Sport and the courts of Switzerland and Germany, that the McLaren Report sets out well-documented and reliable findings and not mere allegations.  A second would be to show discipline and example by ending the attacks of individual IOC members on WADA.

  • Lead the enormous task of convincing Russia, Russian athletes and Russian sport leaders of the cultural change needed there.  Anti-doping is not “political” – it is at the heart of true sport.  Let the IOC help us hear Russian voices acknowledge that and see Russian decision-makers act on it.
  • Strengthen WADA’s independence and capacities as the regulator of clean sport, with the investigative capacity needed to do so in this day and age.

  • Support truly independent doping control for international sport federations under WADA’s regulatory oversight.

  • Encourage whistle blowers – do not punish or patronise them.

  • To restore confidence in international sport decision-making (including its own), insist on best-practice governance in sport organisations.  This would include independent (and not stakeholder) governing boards, term limits for board members, public reporting as required of publically-listed companies, and public oversight of operations and spending such as government agencies have in countries with the rule of law.
  • Require the Olympic sponsors and broadcasters, who spend significantly around the Olympic brand and earn significantly more as a result, to contribute meaningfully to anti-doping – if only to properly protect their own investments in sport and in the athletes who are and should be role models.

iNADO is the international member association of National Anti-Doping Organisations. NADOs have the sole and unequivocal mandate to protect clean athletes, without conflicting responsibilities such as promoting sport. iNADO's 59 Members represent all Olympic Regions and conduct the majority of anti-doping work world-wide each year.

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iNADO Statement: iNADO Denounces Criminal Release of Private Athlete Information

Bonn, Germany

The release of private athlete information is a new low in efforts to undermine clean sport. The Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations (iNADO) condemns it in the strongest terms.  Joseph de Pencier, iNADO CEO, said: “The criminal cyber-attacks on the World Anti-Doping Agency and release of private medical information are despicable: using athletes and their personal data in an attempt to destabilise anti-doping and weaken clean sport is beyond criticism.  We stand behind WADA.  We appreciate WADA’s swift response.  We echo its call to Russian authorities to take all necessary measures to find the perpetrators and to prevent more criminal acts of the same sort.”

Ironically, these releases illustrate anti-doping as it is meant to work: permitting athletes to use the medications they legitimately require through the therapeutic use exemption process.  That process involves rigorous medical review according to an international standard, and independent oversight by WADA.  The anti-doping community has nothing to hide and is proud to show how it serves clean athletes in this way.  But that does not diminish the seriousness of cyber-crime that discloses personal and private medical information of individual athletes.

iNADO urges its 59 Members National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs) to continue consulting their IT service providers as a matter of urgency and to take additional steps to enhance their IT security. We also urge our Members to reach out to their athletes and explain to them what has happened, and what has not, and talk to them about the steps needed in their countries to deal with such malicious and misguided abuse of clean athletes.  Finally, we suggest our Members consult with their national data and privacy protection authorities for assistance in dealing with such illegal behaviour.

iNADO is the international member association of NADOs. NADOs have the sole and unequivocal mandate to protect clean athletes, without conflicting responsibilities such as promoting sport.  iNADO's 59 Members represent all Olympic Regions and conduct the majority of anti-doping work world-wide each year.

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Find also here the responses by some of our members to the cyber attacks

Australia (ASADA)

Austria (NADA Austria)

Canada (CCES)

Denmark (ADD) 14. Sept., 17. Sept.

Germany (NADA Germany)

Norway (ADNO)



NADO Leaders Group: NADO Leaders Propose Series of Reforms to Strengthen Global Anti-Doping Efforts

·        Extraordinary NADO Summit held in Copenhagen, Denmark

·        Leaders seek to remove fundamental conflict of interest that exists when anti-doping decisions are controlled by sport organisations

·        Proposal for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to be strengthened through improved independence, transparency and increased investment

·        WADA’s authority and capacity to investigate, and impose sanctions and consequences for Code non-compliance should be extended and separated from sport

·        Leaders call for increased protection and support for all whistleblowers, including Yuliya and Vitaly Stepanov, by all relevant organisations, including the IOC and Russia 

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK (August 30, 2016) – The leaders of 17 National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs) came together for a special summit in Copenhagen Denmark this week to discuss reforms that best serve the interests of clean athletes and restore confidence in the integrity of anti-doping decisions in international sport.

“As a dedicated group of NADO leaders from around the world, we recognise we are at a crossroads in the fight for clean sport,” said the leaders in a joint statement. “With the best interests of clean athletes at heart, we have come together to discuss reforms that we believe will better protect them, restore confidence in the global anti-doping effort that has been deeply damaged, and ensure that the disturbing events of recent years are not repeated.”

Over the course of the two-day summit hosted by Anti Doping Danmark (ADD), the NADO leaders discussed some of the most pressing issues facing the current anti-doping landscape, including debate over how best to improve the effectiveness of NADOs, the inappropriate involvement of sport leaders in critical anti-doping decisions and activities, the need for a strengthened WADA capable of ensuring a level playing field in countries with failing anti-doping structures, and long overdue reforms to ensure the current and future protection and support of whistleblowers – including that of Yuliya and Vitaly Stepanov. 

Recognising WADA’s efforts and progress since its inception in 1999, NADO leaders made substantive recommendations meant to improve and strengthen WADA’s capabilities, including improved systems for Code compliance, the adoption of clear sanctions for large-scale subversions of the anti-doping system (e.g. state-supported doping in Russia) and increased capacity for WADA to investigate and impose proportionate sanctions for Code non-compliance.

The NADO group also proposed wide-ranging governance reforms for all anti-doping organisations, including WADA, in an attempt to better promote independence from sport. These reforms include a proposal that no decision-maker within an anti-doping organisation should hold a policy-making position within a sport or event organiser. While there was recognition of the value in maintaining close collaboration with sport – especially in regard to anti-doping education, funding and intelligence sharing – the leaders brought forth an important proposal to separate investigatory, testing and results management functions from sports organisations, in order to prevent the inherent conflict of interest that exists when a sports organisation is tasked with both promoting and policing itself.

The leaders also expressed unequivocal support for the completion of the independent investigation into state-supported doping in Russia by Richard McLaren, as well as calls for a public commitment from the International Olympic Committee and Russia to assist in guaranteeing the safety, security and well-being of Yuliya and Vitaly Stepanov.

The proposals were written and endorsed by anti-doping leaders from around the world, including Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Singapore, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States as well as Institute of National Anti-Doping Organizations (iNADO).

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iNADO Statement: iNADO Statement on IPC Decision to Suspend Russia

Bonn, Germany

The Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations (iNADO) applauds the decision of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to suspend Russia from the Paralympic Movement and thus the Paralympic Games in Rio.  “The IPC has rightly put principles before politics in making this most difficult decision.” said iNADO Chair Doug MacQuarrie.  “I can only echo IPC President Sir Philip Craven’s words: the Russian sport system and government have betrayed clean athletes in Russia – and around the world.”

iNADO recently recognized the IPC for commencing their disciplinary process regarding Russia in light of the McLaren Report (see media statement from July 29).  After further review of the findings of the McLaren Report confirming a state-sponsored doping regime, and inviting the Russian Paralympic Committee to present its case, the IPC Governing Board unanimously chose to suspend Russia.  As Sir Phillip put it so well: such blatant disregard for the health and well-being of athletes has no place in sport.   Subject to a right of appeal, the Russian Paralympic Committee will be excluded from all IPC activities.

iNADO whole-heartedly supports the IPC for doing the right thing – and not the easy thing – by taking the steps necessary to protect clean competition in the upcoming Rio Paralympic Summer Games.

iNADO is the international member association of NADOs. NADOs have the sole and unequivocal mandate to protect clean athletes, without conflicting responsibilities such as promoting sport. iNADO's 59 Members represent all Olympic Regions and conduct the majority of anti-doping work world-wide each year.

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iNADO Statement: IPC, Whistleblowers and Clean Athletes Recognized for Integrity in Leadership

Bonn, Germany

In the days since the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) release of the McLaren Report, integrity in leadership has been in the spotlight. Today, iNADO recognized three groups deserving podium recognition.

  • The whistleblowers Yuliya (Rusanova) Stepanov and Vitaly Stepanov for braving the maelstrom of criticism and public attention in search of the truth on behalf of clean sport;
  • The International Paralympic Committe (IPC) for so far responding favourably and decisively to reccommendations from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and for NOT abdicating its important leadership responsibilities; and
  • Beckie Scott, Claudia Bokel, Adam Pengilly, Robert Harting and other athletes who have spoken out with a clear and committed voice on behalf of the clean athletes of the world.

Doug MacQuarrie, Chair of iNADO, noted that it wasn't easy to choose the finalist from a particularly strong field. Also considered were many National Anti-Doping Organizations who established an early and unified position in support of clean athletes in the days since the Report’s release.  The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) re-established itself as a contender in the ‘Integrity in Leadership’ field with their bold and steadfast actions.  Former WADA Chairmen Richard Pound and John Fahey for supporting a clear and manageable solution – beginning with suspending the Russian Olympic Committee.  Many sports journalists and media outlets have identified the inherent flaws in the current situation and have continued to hold the appropriate authorities accountable.

As anti-doping's leader and regulator, WADA itself certainly deserves high praise for its effort to pursue the truth by establishing the McLaren Investigation in the first place and to give meaning to the World Anti-Doping Code by calling for the suspension of the Russian Olympic Committee and the Russian Paralympic Committee.

Not surprisingly, the Russian Sports Ministry and Russian Olympic Committee were disqualified from any consideration for their deceitful effort to defraud the world and cheat clean athletes out of their rightful place on the podium.

In seeking a better way forward, iNADO remains committed to helping to re-establish an Anti-Doping Organization in Russia that can operate in full compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code and contribute effectively in the global network of iNADO Members.

iNADO is the international member association of NADOs. NADOs have the sole and unequivocal mandate to protect clean athletes, without conflicting responsibilities such as promoting sport. iNADO's 59 Members represent all Olympic Regions and conduct the majority of anti-doping work world-wide each year.

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iNADO Statement: iNADO Statememt on IOC ExCo decision concerning participation of Russian Athletes in Rio

Bonn, Germany

Joseph de Pencier, CEO of iNADO, the 59-Member Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations, today expressed disappointment at the decision of the Executive Committee of the International Olympic Committee not to ban the Russian Delegation from the Rio Olympic Games. 

“The IOC Executive Committee has failed to confront forcefully the findings of evidence of state-sponsored doping in Russia corrupting the Russian sport system, “ said de Pencier.  “It has ignored the calls of clean athletes, a multitude of athlete organisations, and of leading National Anti-Doping Organisations, to do the right thing by excluding Russia from the Rio Olympic Games. 

All that the IOC Executive Committee has done today is to defer to International Federations the decision on the participation of individual Russian athletes – according to criteria and procedures that will be difficult to apply in the twelve days before the opening of the Games.  At the same time, the Executive Committee could not find a way to permit whistleblower Yuliya Stepanov, who has been treated disgracefully by the Russia state and the Russian sport system, to compete in Rio.  All this is hardly the unequivocal protection of fair play as a fundamental principle of Olympism that the circumstances required.  So it is a sad day for clean sport.”

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iNADO Statement: iNADO calls for Ban of the Russian Delegations from the Rio Olympics and Paralympics

As a consequence of the damning findings of the Report into State-sponsored interference in Anti-Doping released Monday by Professor Richard McLaren, the Russian Delegation should be prohibited from participating at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janerio.

The Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations (iNADO) issued that statement in response to the release Monday of Professor Richard McLaren’s Report into Russian Government tampering with anti-doping efforts in Russia. The McLaren Report was a disappointing and shocking glimpse into a massive conspiracy against the clean athletes of the world. In making that statement, iNADO supports the position taken by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and 14 NADOs.

“Clean athletes of the world have been betrayed and deserve much better.” iNADO Chair Doug MacQuarrie said. “iNADO is calling on the IOC and the IPC to respond in an unequivocal manner by banning the Russian Delegations from the Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

The McLaren Report so far indicates that virtually the entire Russia sport system was subject to the state-sponsored doping programme, and corruption of anti-doping measures. Examination of additional information by Professor McLaren and his team can only demonstrate that this programme was even larger than now understood. Already we know that hundreds of positive test results were suppressed or manipulated. Until each and every one of those results is properly investigated, and anti-doping rule violation prosecutions brought against those individuals, no one can rightly presume that any Russian athlete is clean. That is the corrosive and tragic legacy of the system the McLaren Report reveals.

At the same time, iNADO supports the principle that Russian athletes who can demonstrate they have been free from this corrupt state practice should be able to participate in the Games under a neutral flag. Therefore, in all sports, only individual Russian athletes who meet the strict criteria developed by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), or to be proposed by WADA, should be considered for participation.

iNADO also supports reinforced efforts led by WADA to rehabilitate the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA). Until there is a credible national anti-doping organisation functioning in Russia, there is no possibility of trust that Russian Olympic and Paralympic athletes can compete cleanly.

iNADO is the international member association of NADOs. NADOs have the sole and unequivocal mandate to protect clean athletes, without conflicting responsibilities such as promoting sport. iNADO’s 59 Members represent all Olympic Regions and conduct the majority of anti-doping work world-wide each year.

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iNADO Statement: iNADO Calls for Further Action to Protect Clean Sport

In response to details released at recent World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Executive Committee and Foundation Board meetings, and in light of new claims of extensive doping in Russia, the Board of Directors of the Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations (iNADO) calls for further action to protect clean athletes world-wide. “Doping athletes perpetrate a fraud on sport and steal rightful opportunities from clean athletes.” iNADO Board Chair, Doug MacQuarrie said, “Protecting the interests of clean athletes is of paramount importance; clean athletes deserve the enforcement support from those who govern sport.”

In support of its positon, iNADO further states that:

  •  iNADO renews its November 2015 call for the ARAF – Russia’s national federation for athletics – and its athletes to be suspended by the IAAF and the IOC from the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Based on last week’s report by WADA of anti-doping work in Russia, there is little new evidence that Russian Athletics has progressed adequately with its compliance milestones.
  • iNADO recognises that WADA’s role as an international regulator is seriously compromised if those who govern sport (such as IFs and the IOC) do not appropriately act on clear cases of non-compliance. We recognise and respect WADA’s critical role as a regulator and believe the IOC, IPC and IFs must also demonstrate their support by acting decisively on WADA’s findings. Alternatively, those international sport organisations should give WADA enhanced enforcement powers. This should include measures to exclude from international competition athletes from countries, or indeed sports, where there is a demonstrable doping problem. Only such exclusion will encourage those countries and those sports with a doping problem to properly address their issues and protect clean sport.
  • We applaud the work of WADA and the experts it has assembled, including UK Anti-Doping, in an effort to redress the significant failings uncovered in the Independent Commission Report and in order to assist Russia to become Code-compliant. But the testing that has been managed in Russia and of Russian athletes in all sports in the last six months is but a fraction of what has been conducted in the past, even if it is of higher quality. Moreover, that testing suffers from limited sample collection capacity, from limited access to Russian athletes and from continuing administrative problems. It is not yet an adequate doping control programme, certainly not for a leading sporting nation.
  • We commend Russian whistleblowers, Vitaly and Yulia Stepanov for their continuing courage in revealing the truth about doping practices in Russia. Anti-doping rules need to be amended as an urgent matter to do more to encourage and protect those who report doping and the corruption of anti-doping in sport.
  • In light of the recent and very significant allegations, including those of Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, the former Director of the Moscow Laboratory, a thorough and independent investigation leading to appropriate punitive actions, if warranted, must be undertaken if we are to maintain the trust and confidence of clean athletes around the world.
  • iNADO welcomes recent announcements by WADA and by the IOC of further investigation and of more retesting of stored samples. But iNADO believes that investigation and retesting alone of samples from the Beijing and London Summer Games and the Sochi Winter Games will not assure the confidence of clean athletes who are preparing to compete later this summer in Rio. WADA, the IOC and summer IFs need to thoroughly investigate the possible doping that occurred or is occurring in sports on the summer program as an urgent matter.
  • It is critical for clean athletes preparing for Rio that dealing with past doping (at Beijing, London and Sochi) not distract the anti-doping community from the current situation in Russia and elsewhere (such as Kenya). It is better to keep cheaters out of the Rio games in the first place when we have information about possible doping (or not doing what is required under the Code) than to try to correct the doping 8 – 10 years later.
  • Nevertheless, retesting samples with advanced analytical techniques is a useful strategy to detect doping and sends a powerful deterrence message. It is important for the IOC and the IPC to use all strategies at their disposal to keep doping athletes out of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
  • iNADO’s global network of Member National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs) and its Board stand at the ready to collaborate with WADA in its investigative, compliance and testing programmes.

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iNADO Statement: Russian Whistleblowers appear at iNADO Anti-Doping Conference

Whistleblowers Vitaly and Yuliya Stepanov today made their first public appearance since being forced into hiding after revealing the depth of doping in Russian athletics.

The Stepanovs were guests of the Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations (iNADO) at its annual conference in Lausanne and delegates heard why they felt the need to tell all and the effect that has had on their lives. In spite of the difficulties they are now facing, they encouraged others with knowledge about doping in sport to come forward.

The couple and their young son were forced to leave Russia after Vitaly and Yuliya gave evidence in a documentary for German television. They have been in hiding ever since.

Joseph de Pencier, chief executive of iNADO said, "Yuliya and Vitaly have shown extraordinary courage in telling the world what has been going on in Russia. Anti-doping organisations from around the world and clean athletes owe them a great debt. iNADO has reached out to them because our Members want to and need to learn from them. We also need to encourage and protect whistleblowers. Today's presentation from Yuliya and Vitaly confirms iNADO's view that Russian athletics should not take part in the Rio Olympics."

The information the Stepanovs gave led to the World Anti-Doping Agency setting up an Independent Commission. The commission's report in November 2015 resulted in the suspension of the Russian athletics federation and the removal of the accreditation for the Moscow laboratory and the Russian anti-doping agency.

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iNADO Statement: iNADO Urges Action to Protect Clean Sport

(Colorado Springs)

On the eve of the World Anti-Doping Agency Executive Committee and Foundation Board meetings, the Board of Directors of the Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations (iNADO) met in Colorado Springs and urged continued efforts to protect clean athletes world-wide. iNADO Chair David Kenworthy said:

  • We applaud the work of the Independent Commission investigating doping in the sport of Athletics, focusing on Russia. We thank the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for creating and assisting the Independent Commission.
  • The corruption of anti-doping uncovered by the Independent Commission is a tragedy for sport and for clean athletes everywhere. It reinforces the need for anti-doping work to be conducted independent of sport organisations and without government interference.
  • The ARAF – Russia’s national federation for athletics – and its athletes must be suspended from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympic Games. The corruption in Russian Athletics deserves no less. ARAF has not demonstrated that they are capable of sending a clean team to Games. A strong deterrent message must be sent that national federations cannot participate in the highest levels of competition when anti-doping has been intentionally subverted. The actions by the ARAF, which deliberately flouted the rules of sport, have tainted all Russian athletes in the sport of Athletics.
  • The Independent Commission relied on whistleblowers to disclose corruption. Anti-doping rules need to be amended as an urgent matter to do more to encourage and protect whistleblowers in sport.
  • iNADO urges WADA to accelerate the work of its independent Compliance Review Committee, and to fund that work at least to the level of anti-doping research spending each year.
  • iNADO is concerned with the current gap in testing in all Russian sports, and iNADO’s global network of Member National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs) is available to collaborate with WADA and with International Federations to conduct testing in Russia and of Russian athletes in all sports.

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