The Biathlon Integrity Unit and the new IBU Integrity Code.
were established at the Extraordinary IBU Congress in Munich in October 2019.
The new IBU Constitution provides for a new IBU Integrity Code, which incorporates and strengthens the current ethics code (including, for example, in dealing with conflicts of interest) and adds new safeguarding rules, rules against competition manipulation, and rules for candidates for IBU office and for bidders for IBU events and rights. The new IBU Integrity Code also incorporates and strengthens the current IBU Anti-Doping Rules and adds important new powers to investigate, prosecute and sanction suspected violations of the Integrity Code.
The new IBU Constitution establishes a new Biathlon Integrity Unit (BIU), replacing the current IBU Ethics Commission. It is a new specialised unit that is responsible for investigating and prosecuting violations of the Integrity Code, and for ensuring that the IBU complies with its obligations under the World Anti-Doping Code and with its other governance and ethical compliance obligations set out in the Constitution and the Rules.
The new IBU Constitution will require all persons elected or appointed or nominated for election or appointment as IBU staff or as members of the IBU Executive Board or an IBU Committee to be vetted to ensure they meet specified eligibility criteria. The vetting will be carried out by the independent members of the BIU Board in accordance with new Vetting Rules.
The new Constitution provides that allegations by the BIU of anti-doping rule violations will be adjudicated by the new Anti-Doping Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) (replacing the current IBU Anti-Doping Hearing Panel) and that allegations by the BIU of non-doping violations will be adjudicated by the CAS Ordinary Division. The agreement between CAS and BIU was signed on 29 October 2019.
The BIU will operate independently of the IBU Executive Board and IBU staff. It will have its own Board to oversee its operations, made up of three independent experts with experience in sports governance/integrity matters, as well as two non-voting members (a nominated IBU Executive Board member and the Head of the BIU). The inaugural meeting of the BIU board took place on 20 October right after the conclusion of the Extraordinary IBU Congress in Munich (GER).
Biathlon Integrity Unit Board
(chair) is an Irish barrister specialising in sports law and international arbitration, with extensive experience in relation to sports integrity matters (including anti- doping and other disciplinary matters) and governance.
is the head of the Anti-Corruption Unit of the International Cricket Council (ICC), which focuses on preventing corruption in world cricket through education, intelligence, investigation, prosecution, and disruption
is a German lawyer and partner (since 2000) at leading international law firm White & Case in Frankfurt. Mr Hauptmann’s main practice areas are corporate, mergers & acquisitions, compliance, and sports law.
Dr. Franz Steinle
is a member of the IBU’s Executive Board, President of the German Ski Federation DSV and used to work as a judge of the high state court in Stuttgart (GER). He will serve as link between IBU Executive Board and Biathlon Integrity Unit Board to communicate updates and working processes between the two Boards. (non-voting rights member of BIU Board)
is the IBU Interim Anti-Doping Manager and has been appointed Acting Head of the Biathlon Integrity Unit. (non-voting rights member of BIU Board)