6 April 2016

WADA President’s response to defamatory statement made by Hein Verbruggen regarding former WADA President

In response to today's defamatory statement by Former International Cycling Union (UCI) President, Hein Verbruggen, Sir Craig Reedie, President of WADA says the following:

Sir Craig Reedie, the President of WADA, is astonished by the complaint made by Hein Verbruggen to the IOC Ethics Commission, and made public, in respect to WADA’s former President and current IOC Representative on WADA’s Foundation Board, Dick Pound. The allegations in the complaint have no merit, are outrageous in their content and obviously defamatory.  Reedie calls upon Mr. Verbruggen to publicly retract his complaint immediately.  Reedie also suggests to the IOC Ethics Commission that it dismiss his complaint as being totally without merit forthwith; and, consider conducting its own investigation into the malicious conduct of Mr. Verbruggen in relation to a member of the IOC.