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22 March 2016

Sports integrity focus of WADA President’s visit to INTERPOL

LYON, France – A visit to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters by the President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Sir Craig Reedie, provided an opportunity for both organizations to review areas for further cooperation on sports integrity.
 
WADA’s President was briefed on INTERPOL’s activities on integrity in sport, anti-corruption, financial crimes and asset recovery, as well as the operational support and analysis the world police body provides to its 190 member countries.
 
“By forging a relationship in 2009, WADA and INTERPOL have been able to gather evidence effectively and share information on doping and the trafficking of performance enhancing drugs across borders,” said Sir Craig Reedie.

“By partnering, anti-doping and law enforcement can better achieve their respective goals of protecting clean athletes and fighting crime linked to sport. The partnership delivered particular value during the Independent Commission’s investigation into widespread doping in international athletics,” added the WADA President.

INTERPOL is currently coordinating a global investigation led by France into an alleged international corruption scam involving sports officials as well as athletes suspected of a doping cover-up.

This follows the publication in November 2015 of a report by an Independent Commission established by WADA investigating a number of individuals, including former officials of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
 
During its investigation the Independent Commission requested assistance from INTERPOL’s anti-doping unit to liaise with national law enforcement agencies in countries where potential infractions had been identified in order to share information.
 
"Collaboration between INTERPOL and WADA is important to efficiently fight crimes in sport which cross borders and represent global challenges,” said INTERPOL’s Director of Organized and Emerging Crimes, Roraima Andriani.
 
“There is a need for a holistic approach amongst stakeholders to effectively address crimes in sport. When an athlete takes illegal performance-enhancing drugs, this is just one piece in a larger network of crimes including corruption, match-fixing, illegal gambling, bribery and money laundering,” added Mrs Andriani.
 
In January of this year INTERPOL issued an internationally wanted persons Red Notice for Papa Massata Diack at the request of French authorities in the framework of Operation Augeas, which INTERPOL launched in November 2015 following the publication of WADA’s report.
 
The cooperation agreement signed by INTERPOL and WADA in 2009 provides a clear framework for cooperation between the two international bodies in tackling doping.