Upon the request of the IBU the Institute of National Anti-doping Organizations (iNADO) will conduct an external audit of the IBU anti-doping program. The IBU will receive the report prior to the congress and will make public the results of the audit.
The IBU Executive Board (EB) received a status report from the IBU anti-doping working group of external experts. The working group continues to review the reports provided by WADA and prepares appropriate measures. The EB will receive the next update at the June meeting.
The EB approved the proposal from the IBU Medical Committee for IBU to continue discussions with the International Testing Agency (ITA) and report back to the EB at the next meeting.
IBU Headquarters searched by police
In April 2018 the IBU headquarters was searched by Austrian police. In the aftermath the IBU president Anders Besseberg has confirmed Norwegian police has searched his offices in Norway.
Sports Integrity Initiative reports that Austrian and Norwegian police was contacted by WADA claiming alleged corruption occurred when suspected doping cases were not acted upon in return for bribes. The IBU shall have received up to US$300.000 to not act upon suspected doping cases.
President and General Secretary provisionally suspended
Due to the ongoing police investigation the IBU Secretary General has requested a leave of absence from her role(s) within the IBU. Executive Director Martin Kuchenmeister serving as acting Secretary General.
Besseberg has stepped aside while the investigation is ongoing. He has also resigned from the WADA Foundation Board.