The Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF) continues to provide first-hand knowledge and expertise in global efforts for the protection of sport following the participation of Intelligence and Investigations Manager François Marclay as a panelist during the International Forum for Sports Integrity (IFSI) that took place at the Olympic House in Lausanne, Switzerland on 28 October 2019.
The Forum was opened by International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach, who welcomed the launch of a Sports Investigators Network. “With this network of 200 trained investigators from International and National Federations, National Olympic Committees and sports disciplinary bodies, we can really go to the heart of the problem, which is having access to information as soon as possible and, in some cases, even before the problem occurs,” Bach said. “Having this investigators’ network in place will allow us to address issues from the roots.”
Joining a discussion that focused on ensuring impartial and reporting mechanisms, François Marclay have an overview of how the CADF works in this area. “Confidential informants provide some of the most meaningful information to the CADF through reporting mechanisms that we first introduced in 2015 and have been constantly improving ever since. Human Intelligence is at the heart of CADF’s Intelligence & Investigations activities, and whistleblowing is highly beneficial for the whole of our anti-doping program.”
This was the third edition of the IFSI, which brings together key leaders from more than 100 stakeholders representing the Olympic Movement, intergovernmental agencies such as the Council of Europe, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), INTERPOL and EUROPOL, as well as sports betting operators, national regulating authorities, academics and other experts to discuss the prevention of competition manipulation in sport.
For the CADF to be represented within this group shows the importance that the sport of cycling places on continuously developing and innovating its activities for the protection of the integrity of the sport.