The IBSA an anti-doping whistleblower email account ©IBSA

The International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) has introduced a new way for athletes, coaches, referees, volunteers and other personnel to confidentially report potential doping offences.

An email account has been set up for people to express any concerns or share information about doping across IBSA-governed sports.

The address is [email protected]

The IBSA oversees chess, five-a-side football, goalball, judo, ninepin and tenpin bowling, powerlifting and showdown.

This latest addition to the IBSA's anti-doping operations goes alongside its out-of-competition testing programme and the introduction of blood tests in 2019.

Last year, all IBSA-sanctioned events were subject to doping controls, with the same anticipated again in 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic led to cancellation of the majority of competitions.

"We hope that by giving athletes and teams a place where they can report doping, privately, we can improve our detection efforts further," said Hela Kouki Chaouchi, chair of the IBSA Anti-Doping Committee.

All IBSA-sanctioned events were subject to doping controls in 2019 ©IBSA
All IBSA-sanctioned events were subject to doping controls in 2019 ©IBSA

"We are committed to a level-playing field for all blind and partially sighted athletes in the sports we are responsible for, and have made great strides towards that, but we also know that there is much more work to do and will continue to be proactive.

"I would like to send a personal message to anyone thinking of contacting us with information: we appreciate it is a big decision to make.

"On behalf of the whole Anti-Doping Committee, let me reassure you that everything will be treated with the utmost privacy and discretion.

"You can trust us to take you seriously."

The IBSA Governing Board is scheduled to shortly consider the revised IBSA Anti-Doping Rules, due to be introduced in 2021.

The updated rules, which apply to all IBSA member federations, athletes and support personnel, are in line with the updated World Anti-Doping Code which comes into force on January 1, and of which the IBSA is a signatory.