Greg McKenna appointed Head of Biathlon Integrity Unit

Greg McKenna appointed Head of Biathlon Integrity Unit

The Biathlon Integrity Unit Board today announced that senior investigations professional, Greg McKenna, is appointed Head of the Unit as of 15 July 2020.

Greg McKenna appointed Head of Biathlon Integrity Unit

McKenna has been advising the Integrity Unit Board since March 2020 and his full-time appointment marks the Unit’s continued efforts to strengthen its operations and ensure it delivers the highest standards of integrity for the sport of biathlon.

McKenna brings significant investigations experience to the Unit having worked within United Kingdom Law Enforcement for 27 years, including 13 years at the United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency (NCA). From 2015 to 2019, McKenna was Regional Head of Investigations for the NCA, overseeing a large department of investigators, intelligence officers and support staff and leading the strategic management of complex, highly sensitive investigations on a global level. On numerous occasions, his outstanding leadership and contributions to highly sensitive investigations have been recognised and awarded.

Chair of the Board for the Biathlon Integrity Unit, Louise Reilly, said:

“We are delighted to announce the appointment of Greg as Head of the Biathlon Integrity Unit. He is a person of true integrity and, with more than 27 years’ experience leading highly sensitive and complex investigations, will greatly strengthen the Unit’s capacity to protect the integrity of biathlon and ensure a clean and trusted sport. Greg has done excellent work in the last few months building capability within the new Unit and has demonstrated that he shares our commitment to delivering education, investigation and anti-doping programmes at the highest level. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Sarah Fussek for her work in leading the initial establishment of the Unit. Although Sarah was only with us on a temporary basis, her contribution was appreciated. As planned, Sarah has now returned to her role within the International Ski Federation”

Greg McKenna added:

“I am honoured to have been appointed Head of the Biathlon Integrity Unit. I have always had a keen interest in winter sports and I am passionate about ensuring athletes, fans and all members of the Biathlon Family can have complete trust in what they are watching. I look forward to building on the work Sarah Fussek commenced. The Unit is committed to safeguarding the integrity of biathlon and I am highly receptive to new ideas and perspectives on the best way we can do that. I am always available to be contacted directly by the biathlon community."

The Biathlon Integrity Unit is an operationally independent unit of the International Biathlon Union. It was established to ensure all of Biathlon’s stakeholders can have confidence that ethical issues in the sport will be addressed independently and expertly. The Unit handles all integrity-related matters in Biathlon, including anti-doping, ethical breaches, betting-related issues and any kind of result manipulation.