London - The IAAF, the body governing world athletics, launched a secure online portal in six languages that can be used to report doping, the latest weapon in its fight against cheating in sport.

The IAAF operates the most universal and comprehensive anti-doping programme among global sports federations. With more than 80 nationalities represented in the IAAF's Registered Testing Pool and athletes tested across all 47 athletics disciplines, the breadth of the IAAF programme is unmatched. The launch ensures that reporting suspicions of doping is made as easy as possible by simply clicking on the 'Report Doping' banner which is displayed on the main IAAF home page and its medical and anti-doping section. All information is submitted and transmitted via secure networks and is completely anonymous. Access to any information provided is locked down for access by authorised staff only and subject to professional assessment in line with internationally recognised intelligence models.

IAAF President Sebastian Coe commented: “We must stand tall for clean athletes. The future of our sport relies on the entire athletics community doing everything it can to oppose cheating.

“This easily accessible but secure Report Doping portal gives us all the means to play our part. Even the smallest piece of information could be vital in helping to protect the integrity of competition and a level playing field.”

“The message is clear. If you know something about doping in athletics, the IAAF wants to hear any information that you might have. “Every piece of information, no matter how small, is important and may be crucial in uncovering doping. The more information you provide, the more likely it is that your information can be successfully followed up.”

African News Agency (ANA)