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UKAD Comment on the Retirement of ASADA Chief Executive Aurora Andruska

UKAD Chief Executive Andy Parkinson with Aurora Andruska signing an information-sharing agreement in 2011

UKAD Chief Executive Andy Parkinson with Aurora Andruska signing an information-sharing agreement in 2011
(Credit: UKAD)

Commenting on the retirement of Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) Chief Executive Aurora Andruska announced on Tuesday 18 February, UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) and iNADO Chair David Kenworthy said:

“I am very sad that Aurora has decided to retire from ASADA at this time, our community and clean athletes are losing a great supporter and a great leader.

“Aurora came to ASADA with more than 30 years’ experience in public sector leadership roles and despite not having a background in anti-doping, quickly won the respect of the global anti-doping community.  

 “Our mission is not complicated; safe and fair competition worldwide, but this mission is difficult to achieve and vulnerable to being attacked by those who value money and power over fair play and the health of competitors. 

 "Aurora's commitment to clean sport has been unwavering.  She appreciated the importance of preventing doping through education, the use of intelligence, as well as testing and prosecuting, changing the focus of ASADA.

“Under her leadership, Australia has played a much larger role in the development of worldwide anti-doping policy and practice and has become a significant contributor to doping-free sport through the exchange of intelligence with other NADO’s such as UKAD. She has gained professional respect personally and respect for ASADA from around the world. 

 “As an iNADO Board Member, Aurora made a fundamental contribution to iNADO's early development.  She understood the need for a worldwide representative body for anti-doping practitioners and gave her full support as a project board member and then founding board member.

 “On behalf of UK Anti-Doping and the iNADO community, I salute Aurora for her strength, determination and commitment to clean athletes and clean sport, we thank her deeply and wish her well in her future endeavours.  She will be greatly missed."

Notes to Editors:

UK Anti-Doping
UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) is responsible 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.
UKAD’s functions include an education and information programme, athlete testing across more than 45 Olympic, Paralympic and professional sports, intelligence management and exclusive results management authority for the determination of anti-doping rule violations.
For more information on what we do, please click here.

Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations
The Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations (INADO) is principally an advocacy organisation, working on behalf of its member organisations of National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs) and Regional Anti-Doping Organisations (RADOs).
iNADO also assists developing NADOs to adopt quality practices and it will develop and maintain a repository of best practice processes and promote and monitor their use.
For more on the work of iNADO, please click here.

Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority
The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) is a government statutory authority that is Australia's driving force for pure performance in sport.
ASADA's mission is to protect Australia's sporting integrity through the elimination of doping. It is the organisation with prime responsibility for implementation of the World Anti-Doping Code (the Code) in Australia.
For more on the work of ASADA, please click here.

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