Speak Up

In 2017, WADA launched ‘Speak Up!’, a secure digital platform intended for athletes and others to pass on information about alleged Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs) and non-compliance by Anti-Doping Organizations (ADOs) under the World Anti-Doping Code (Code), or any act or omission that could undermine the fight against doping in sport. Operating from a secure platform via a website and mobile phone app, and only available to a few authorized employees of WADA I&I, ‘Speak Up!’ has been remarkably successful in bringing wrongdoing to light, with around 150 tips being received each year. Out of that, hundreds of intelligence disclosures have been actioned by WADA I&I. These range from allegations against individual athletes or support personnel, to complex cases involving systemic anti-doping mismanagement, non-compliance and/or corruption.

An Informant becomes a Whistleblower, as soon as WADA has granted the person/entity formal Whistleblower status and a Whistleblower Agreement has been signed by the Informant and WADA. While there is no obligation for an Informant to become a Whistleblower, Whistleblower Status offers additional rights to the Informant who wishes to further cooperate with WADA’s Investigation Department.

Upon receipt of a Disclosure of an alleged Misconduct and initial assessment of the information provided by and/or evidence received from the Informant, the WADA Investigation Department makes a decision on whether or not to grant Whistleblower Status. The decision is based on, but not limited to an assessment along the lines of the following aspects:

a) If the nature of the alleged Misconduct is within the Code or related to the Code,

b) If the alleged Misconduct is or within the Code’s statute of limitations,

c) If the information provided is relevant or assists in the fight against doping in sport,

d) If the Disclosure is made in good faith and on reasonable grounds,

e) If it seems feasible to gather sufficient evidence during an investigation to conclude whether the Misconduct is substantiated or if there a reasonable chance of a resulting Code or anti-doping rule violation,

f) If the information provided is precise enough,

g) If the risk of the safety threat to the Informant or his/her family is greater than the significance of the information, h) If there is a risk that the confidentiality cannot be maintained, and the investigations will entail revelation of the identity of the Informant/Whistleblower.

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