IAAF president Seb Coe says announcement is “the final brick in athletics’ robust wall of ethical defences”

Newly-appointed head of the independent Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), Brett Clothier, says the sport has an “unparalleled opportunity” to demonstrate leadership on integrity issues.

Following the IAAF Council’s approval of a new ‘Integrity Code of Conduct’, the AIU was launched in April, with the former director general of the World Anti-Doping Agency, David Howman, announced as chairperson of the AIU’s Board.

Clothier, who established and led the Australian Football League’s Integrity Unit for more than eight years, joins Howman, Abby Hoffman, Dr Andrew Pipe and Marc Peltier as the fifth and final member of the Board.

“Athletics is one of the few genuinely global sports,” said Clothier. “Through the AIU it has an unparalleled opportunity to demonstrate leadership on integrity issues and to share those with other sports and federations.

“I am excited by the opportunity I have been given to lead the AIU in rebuilding athlete and fan confidence in how we manage threats to the sport. I look forward to working with athletes and all members of the athletics community.”

IAAF president Seb Coe commented: “The Athletics Integrity Unit sits at the epicenter of the IAAF’s integrity reforms and today’s announcement is the final brick in athletics’ robust wall of ethical defences.

“The AIU Board’s appointment of Brett Clothier completes an impressive line-up of world-renowned talent in the field of sport integrity who will be the guardians of athletics’ ethics.

“The unit, which has been built for athletes so that they have the necessary information and support to make the right choices in their careers, is about restoring trust in competition. Brett’s experience will be a huge asset to the AIU in safeguarding our sport’s ethical credibility and I wish him and his team the very best for their vital work.”

Starting ahead of the IAAF World Championships in London, the IAAF states that Clothier will be responsible for the operations of the Unit and for overseeing the Unit’s core activities which include testing; intelligence and investigations; compliance; case management and education.

The IAAF has also announced the appointment of Britain’s Michael Beloff QC as the inaugural Disciplinary Tribunal chair. He is joined by five other members Catherine O’Regan, Annabel Pennefather, Thomas Murray, Tafsir Malick N’Diaye and Lauri Tarasti, with more appointments expected in due course.

“The newly-formed and independent Disciplinary Tribunal takes on the functions of the IAAF Ethics Board in respect of any new ethical matters arising since the beginning of 2017,” said the IAAF.

“Under the Integrity Code of Conduct, the Tribunal will hear and decide all breaches and has the power to impose sanctions. All decisions will be able to be appealed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.”