Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
At its Council meeting in London, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) confirmed the composition of the board of the independent Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), which began operation on 3 April. Two of the current five board members already work for the IAAF.
The IAAF has already announced that the AIU will be chaired by David Howman, the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) former Director General. In a statement issued yesterday, the IAAF said Howman would be joined by three board members, Abby Hoffman, Dr. Andrew Pipe and Marc Peltier.
Hoffman is an IAAF Council member and has been coordinator of the IAAF Anti-Doping Task Force since 2004. She is also a member of the IAAF Competitions Commission and was appointed as a member of the IAAF inspection team tasked with verifying whether the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) had implemented the required reforms in order to be reinstated as an IAAF member association.
Dr. Andrew Pipe resigned as Chairman of the international swimming federation’s (FINA) Doping Control Review Board in September, alleging that its advice about Russian participation in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games had been ignored. He is also a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa, where his biography states: ‘He is currently President of the Commonwealth Games Association of Canada. He served as a physician at ten Olympic Games and has been Team Physician for Canada’s National Men’s Basketball Team since 1978. He served as Chair of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport from its inception until 2003.’
Marc Peltier is Director of the Sports Law Centre at the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis. He was a member of the WADA Education Committee from 2014-16, and is now an observer of that committee. He is also a member of the anti-doping disciplinary commission of the French basketball federation (FFB).
The IAAF is still seeking a Head for the AIU, a post that is currently being filled by Thomas Capdevielle, the IAAF’s Anti-Doping Administrator. Capdevielle will remain as Deputy Head of the AIU once the Head is appointed. The AIU is still seeking members for its anti-doping review panel; for its integrity review panel; as well as a case manager.
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