News 5th January 2016

IAAF integrity unit to be operational before Rio 2016

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has confirmed that its Integrity Unit will be operational before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The Integrity Unit was first proposed in August, when Sebastian Coe took over from Lamine Diack as IAAF President, and its permanent establishment was confirmed at a November meeting.

In a statement on ‘rebuilding trust’ issued this evening, the IAAF also confirmed that it would appoint a new Chief Executive Officer in mid-2016. The IAAF also confirmed that a report from Paul Deighton, who is overseeing a forensic review of IAAF operations and finances by accountants Deloitte and law firm Freshfields, would be delivered in March. Deighton was CEO of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG).

The statement also repeated Coe’s pledge to double the IAAF’s anti-doping budget to US$8 million upon the establishment of the Integrity Unit. It also said that the IAAF’s international testing pool would be doubled to 1,000 athletes.

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