Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation appoints Banuls as new Director
The Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF) today announced the appointment of Olivier Banuls as its new Director, effective 1 December 2019.
Banuls will replace Francesca Rossi, who is set to join the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD) at the start of the new year.
CADF Deputy Director since 2015, Banuls has over a dozen years’ experience in the fight against doping in cycling at the international level. He first joined the Anti-Doping Services of the International Cycling Union (UCI) in 2007, before steadily rising up the ranks inside the CADF which became independent.
Banuls holds master’s degrees in Computer Science (INSA Lyon) and International Management, Law and Humanities of Sport (FIFA Master), and is also a graduate of The Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Lausanne (HEC).
“We are delighted that Olivier has agreed to take on the role of Director at CADF,” said President of the CADF Foundation Board Rune Andersen. “He is well-respected in the field and has an unmatched knowledge of the anti-doping landscape in cycling. His appointment will result in a seamless transition from Francesca Rossi, who will remain with the CADF as a special advisor until the end of the year.”
The CADF oversees one of the most comprehensive anti-doping programmes in sport. The work of the CADF, which is carried out on behalf of the UCI, is funded by the entire cycling community. This guarantees that the resources are used appropriately for the sport of cycling while maintaining continuous dialogue with all stakeholders.
Banuls will take up his new role at an important time for the CADF. The Foundation will do everything to maintain the high level of quality of its current program and keep expanding its intelligence and investigations activities. It will continue increasing its in-depth knowledge of cycling, will reinforce the testing programmes at the UCI ProSeries and UCI Women’s WorldTour levels, and will focus on the pre-Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 testing program.
Under Banuls, the CADF will also strengthen its already excellent relations with cycling stakeholders, WADA, National Anti-Doping Organisations and relevant national law enforcement authorities to ensure that it delivers the best for the sport.
"We are recognized as one of the most credible, efficient and effective anti-doping organisations in the world, and as Director I will work to ensure the CADF remains at the forefront of anti-doping efforts in cycling,” said Banuls. “We have a number of exciting new projects starting in 2020 and the entire CADF staff is looking forward to implementing them for the benefit of our sport.”
Created in 2008, the CADF is a non-profit foundation under Swiss law that has been fully independent from the UCI since 2013. The CADF’s role is to autonomously manage the anti-doping programme on behalf of the UCI. The CADF’s activities are conducted in compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code and UCI Anti-Doping Rules.
The CADF is entirely funded by cycling’s stakeholders, including the teams, the UCI, organisers and the riders themselves.
The CADF’s responsibilities are to:
Define and implement the doping control strategy on behalf of the UCI;
Conduct a comprehensive in- and out-of-competition testing program to detect prohibited substances and methods;
Investigate and gather intelligence; grouping information from law enforcement, anti-doping organisations and other sources to strengthen the Anti-Doping programme;
Define and implement a storage and retesting strategy;
Manage and constantly improve the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) programme;
Provide support to the UCI Legal Anti-Doping Services (LADS);
Manage the Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE) process;
Train the CADF Doping Control Officers (DCO);
Train riders and teams in the use of the different existing online platforms (ADAMS, ADeL); and
Play a consultative role with regard to research, education and prevention.
For more information, please contact the CADF Media Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.cadf.ch