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IAAF spends $US8 million on integrity unit

Press Association logoPress Association 19/12/2016

The independent Athletics Integrity Unit which will oversee the sport's anti-doping program will be launched in April next year and have a budget of $US8 million ($A11 million), world governing body the IAAF has announced.

The Integrity Unit was the key component of IAAF president Lord Coe's reform program, which was passed at last month's IAAF Congress.

The IAAF said in a statement on Monday: "The Integrity Unit with a budget of USD eight million will be launched on 3 April 2017 with an independent governance board, independent review panels and an independent staff to manage the anti-doping and other integrity-related programs in elite athletics."

Coe added: "I am delighted that the planning for this is now well under way and will accelerate as we head towards the beginning of April 2017 when the unit is due to be operational. We're now inviting individuals with the necessary skills and relevant experience for either the leadership role or board positions to register their interest."

The IAAF on Monday advertised for the role of head of the Integrity Unit as well as three board positions.

Coe's reforms are intended to help restore the credibility of athletics, which has been damaged by doping and corruption scandals.

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