WADA holds Sport Human Intelligence Network meeting in Warsaw

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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is pleased to announce that its Intelligence and Investigations Department (I&I) hosted its first in-person meeting of the Sport Human Intelligence Network (SHIN) today and yesterday in Warsaw, Poland.

The meeting, which involved 20+ representatives from the anti-doping community, was opened by WADA President Witold Bańka and focused on themes such as: confidential source recruitment and management; the global whistleblowing landscape; intelligence collection on the dark web; and more.

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WADA Head of Confidential Information Unit, Damien Larin, said: “WADA was pleased to host the first in-person meeting of the Sport Human Intelligence Network in Warsaw. Collaboration is key to any doping investigation. WADA I&I is confident that, via the Sport Human Intelligence Network, it is building a community of anti-doping source handlers, which will multiply Anti-Doping Organizations’ collective intelligence gathering capabilities. Furthermore, by fostering exchanges between confidential source handlers, we believe that we will build better anti-doping casework.”

SHIN originated from discussions held during a WADA Anti-Doping I&I Network meeting in 2019; during which, WADA I&I proposed its establishment. SHIN was officially founded in 2020 and held its first of two virtual meetings shortly thereafter.

SHIN’s overarching objectives include:

  • Creating a network of confidential source managers/handlers;
  • Establishing bilateral relationships for purposes of intelligence sharing and joint source operations;
  • Sharing best practices on confidential source handling;
  • Troubleshooting common source handling challenges;
  • Improving confidential source and operational security;
  • Identifying opportunities for proactive and strategic intelligence collection; and
  • Promoting the development of human intelligence among anti-doping stakeholders.

SHIN members must also meet specific criteria, notably:

  • Demonstrating they maintain an active anti-doping intelligence gathering capability;
  • Demonstrating they actively manage or engage with confidential sources; and
  • Managing an active platform for the reception of confidential information from the public.

This week’s meeting was attended by representatives from the following members of SHIN:

  • Anti-Doping Norway (ADNO)
  • Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU)
  • Finnish Center for Integrity in Sports (FINCIS)
  • International Testing Agency (ITA)
  • Japan Anti-Doping Agency (JADA)
  • Japan Sports Council (JSC)
  • National Anti-Doping Agency Austria (NADA Austria)
  • UK Anti-Doping (UKAD)
  • U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA)

WADA also invited the following non-SHIN members to participate in the meeting:

  • Anti-Doping Denmark (ADD)
  • French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD)
  • Korea Anti-Doping Agency (KADA)
  • Leeds Beckett University
  • Polish Anti-Doping Agency (POLADA)
  • South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS)