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 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 (

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Doping Crisis Threatens 2018 Winter Olympic Games

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 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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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 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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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 on 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 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



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 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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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

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 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 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 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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Read NADO Summit Reform Proposals here


Members' Press Releses:

NADA Germany

Dutch Doping Authority

NADA Austria





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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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 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 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 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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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 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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