The UK’s first stand-alone national anti-doping body, UK Anti-Doping, has appointed Sir Craig Reedie CBE as a special advisor.
Sir Craig, a vice president of the British Olympic Association, is a member of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Executive Committee and also Chair of the organisation’s Finance and Administration Committee. He will act as a special advisor to UK Anti-Doping, having been on the National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO) Project Board and played a key role in the development of UK Anti-Doping.
The former badminton international is also a Board member of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and became the first Briton since 1961 to be elected on to the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Executive Board in October 2009.
Sir Craig Reedie CBE said: “The establishment of a truly independent National Anti-Doping Organisation within the UK will serve British sport well as it removes any perceived conflict of interest within previous arrangements. The commitment of Government to increased funding and to the proper governance of UK Anti-Doping will help the new agency to create its full role and range of responsibilities. I look forward to helping progress this important part of the overall sport infrastructure.”
UK Anti-Doping Chief Executive, Andy Parkinson, said: “I am delighted that Sir Craig has agreed to act as an advisor to UK Anti-Doping. To be able to call upon his experience and expertise, not just from the work he does with WADA but from his standing across sport in general, is extremely valuable to our organisation. I very much look forward to working with him as we further establish our work in the UK and internationally.”
NOTES TO EDITORS
• UK Anti-Doping is the National Anti-Doping Organisation for the UK.
• UK Anti-Doping has responsibility for ensuring sports bodies in the UK are compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code through implementation and management of the UK’s National Anti-Doping Policy.
• UK Anti-Doping’s functions include an education and information programme, athlete testing across more than 40 sports, intelligence management and exclusive results management authority for the determination of anti-doping rule violations.
• Accountable to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), UK Anti-Doping has a very clear remit in anti-doping in the UK and plays a lead role in the fight against doping in sport.