The Athletics Integrity Unit represents a new era in the management of threats to the integrity of sport. Through the formation of the Athletics Integrity Unit, athletics has become the first sport internationally to delegate complete authority for the management of its integrity programs to an independent body. Fully separated from World Athletics, and reporting through its own Board, the Athletics Integrity Unit operates with the level of rigour and transparency expected by the world’s athletes and supporters.
“The Athletics Integrity Unit will do everything in its power to support our honest athletes around the world who dedicate their lives to reaching their sporting goals through two values we all cherish: dedication and hard work.”
David Howman, The Chair, Athletics Integrity Unit
The Athletics Integrity Unit works fully independent of World Athletics, the international governing body for track and field athletics, race walking, road, cross country, mountain, trail and ultra-running. The Athletics Integrity Unit Board has been delegated full authority to oversee the sport’s integrity issues.
The Board has a critical governance role rather than a management function, similar in style to that of a corporate board. It is responsible for approving and reviewing strategy, policies and plans for the Unit and for appointing and monitoring the performance of the Unit’s Head who is in charge of its day-to-day operations.
Reporting to the Athletics Integrity Unit’s Head, the Anti-Doping Review Panel will deliver advice and monitor the World Athletics anti-doping programme, and decide whether World Athletics should prosecute, appeal or otherwise act where there is an alleged non-analytical breach of the anti-doping rules. The Integrity Review Panel will have similar responsibilities, but for non-doping violations of the Integrity Code of Conduct.
Supporting the Head of the Unit is a dedicated team of staff that delivers on the key activities: Testing, Compliance, Investigations, Intelligence, Case Management, Communications and Education.
In its pursuit of clean sport, the AIU team has five key areas of activity.
Intelligence & Investigation
Compiling and analysing data and intelligence to conduct investigations into violations of the Integrity Code in co-operation with partners and law enforcement.
Education & Communications
Conducting bespoke education and prevention programmes for Athletes and Athlete Support Personnel.
Testing & Compliance
Implementing a world class and worldwide intelligence-based testing programme using state-of-the-art testing and analytical methods.
Timely prosecution of disciplinary cases involving international Athletes and Athlete Support Personnel and strict enforcement of the sanctions regime in the Integrity Code.