A visit to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters this week by the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) top officials provided an opportunity for both organizations to review their joint efforts in the fight against doping in sports, including the trafficking and sale of illicit substances.
A meeting between WADA Director General David Howman, its President John Fahey, and INTERPOL Executive Director of Police Services Jean-Michel Louboutin, emphasized the need for specialist agencies and law enforcement worldwide to share information and expertise against doping trafficking, including the online sale of performance enhancing drugs by criminal networks.
As part of the collaboration between both organizations, INTERPOL sends out doping alerts to its 188 member countries and to police and customs officers on the ground, as well as doping fact sheets and WADA lists of prohibited doping substances. INTERPOL also holds meetings of doping experts, providing an opportunity for law enforcement and specialist agencies such as WADA to exchange intelligence and operational data, with updates on the latest trends, including trafficking.
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