Younger to lead WADA's growing investigations activity


The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has appointed Gunter Younger as its new director of intelligence and investigations.

WADA confirmed the appointment on Thursday, with Younger responsible for leading the agency's growing investigations activity.

Younger, who will step down from his role as head of the cybercrime division with the Bavarian State Police, was part of the independent commission that last year investigated allegations of widespread doping in Russian athletics.

"I am delighted to be able to confirm the appointment of Gunter Younger as our new Director of Intelligence and Investigations," said incoming WADA director general Olivier Niggli.

"Gunter is no stranger to many in the anti-doping community given the pivotal role that he played - alongside Richard Pound and Richard McLaren - on WADA's independent commission.

"Increasingly, WADA and its anti-doping partners employ techniques to collect information and produce intelligence to maximise the global anti-doping program. We are confident that Gunter's rich pedigree in the world of law enforcement will bring tremendous value to clean sport and, as a result, clean athletes worldwide."

Younger's appointment comes after Richard McLaren was named head of WADA's investigation into allegations of doping at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.