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World Anti-Doping Agency Encourages Whistleblowers with Digital Platform

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A woman walks into the head office for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on November 9, 2015. Photo: REUTERS/Christinne Muschi/File Photo

To encourage informants and whistleblowers to speak up, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has launched Speak Up!, a digital platform intended for athletes and others to report alleged Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs) under the World Anti-Doping Code; non-compliance violations under the Code; or, any act or omission that could undermine the fight against doping in sport.

“This new platform is one of many measures that are being taken to enhance the Agency’s Intelligence and Investigations (I&I) capacity under the independent leadership of I&I’s Director, Günter Younger,” said Olivier Niggli, WADA’s Director General, with Günter Younger himself stating: “We understand that coming forward in good faith is a major decision that takes courage and conviction. Speak Up! answers the call made by athletes and others for a secure, confidential way to report activity that goes against clean sport.

“My role is to ensure that the information provided is treated with the utmost confidentiality, that allegations are investigated fully; and that, in the case of whistleblowers with whom we contractually engage, they are kept informed of progress and that their rights are protected.” (For more information about Speak Up! visit: https://speakup.wada-ama.org)

This story first appeared in the blog, The Sport Intern. The editor is Karl-Heinz Huba of Lorsch, Germany. He can be reached at ISMG@aol.com. The article is reprinted here with permission of Huba.

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