Press releases 15 May 2019

WADA publishes independent report into allegations of improper conduct

Today, the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA’s) Executive Committee (ExCo) unanimously agreed to approve and publish the full 58-page report, plus appendices, that follows an in-depth and independent investigation into allegations of improper conduct, made by the Chairs of two WADA Standing Committees, Beckie Scott and Edwin Moses, against two members of the Agency’s Executive Committee (ExCo). This morning, the ExCo considered the report in a private session. Neither the accusers nor the accused were present while two other members with a perceived conflict of interest, namely President Sir Craig Reedie and Vice-President Linda Helleland, were recused from the meeting based on past statements that reasonably could be understood to have pre-judged the outcome of the investigation.

In addition to publishing the full report, the ExCo unanimously decided to take the additional step of making publicly available the unedited audio recording of its September 2018 meeting (see below) and a transcript of the relevant portions of the meeting. These are in addition to the previously published minutes from that meeting.

The ExCo is satisfied that the investigation was conducted independently and in accordance with international best practices by Covington and Burling LLP, a firm with a proven track record in delivering such reviews. Although the investigation found there was no bullying or harassment, at its next meeting in September the ExCo will consider the four recommendations relating to the Agency’s governance policies, training and protocols and remains ready to make improvements where it can. The discussion related specifically to those recommendations aside, the ExCo now considers the investigation to be closed.


Questions and answers related to the process and scope of the independent investigation.

An unedited recording of the entire September 2018 ExCo meeting is available in three parts (Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3).

For the discussion around compliance of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (agenda item 5.1.1), go to Part 2 from 1:19:08, continuing in Part 3 until 00:20:37.

For Ms. Scott’s comments related to that discussion, go to Part 2 from 02:08:39 until 02:10:03.

For the Athlete Committee Chair report and subsequent discussion (agenda item 7.1), go to Part 3 from 00:32:47 until 01:02:50.

• This media release was published by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on 15 May 2019. Click here for the original.

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