FairSport Will Provide Legal Aid for Anti-Doping Whistleblowers

FairSport Will Provide Legal Aid for Anti-Doping Whistleblowers


There’s a new organization offering legal aid and financial support for whistleblowers seeking to “unmask doping” in professional sports.

FairSport, a non-profit working in conjunction with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), say their goal is to “support confidential sources who speak up to unmask doping, and educate the global public on the value of honesty and integrity in sport.”

The group was created earlier this year and made headlines when The New York Times ran a profile of them on March 12. In the piece, founder Johann Koss told the Times: “Most of the big cases of cheating have been revealed because of whistle-blowers, but most of the people who’ve come out and talked have been totally isolated afterward.”

According to their website, FairSport’s goal is to change that:
“Every voice against cheating helps build a movement of change in the world of sport. Your advocacy is key in the fight to create a better world of sport for all athletes… Those of us who are committed to the vision of clean sport owe a great debt of gratitude to those who sacrifice their own gain to advance the cause of integrity. FairSport helps protect them and ensure the success of their efforts.”
Besides legal support, the group can provide whistleblowers with financial assistance and “media guidance”; plus, their site offers three different encryption levels for people seeking to contact them confidentially.
Ideally, their services will make it possible for whistleblowers to avoid the type of blacklisting that people like Vitaly Stepanov experienced in the past – or, at the very least, make sure they don’t have to go through it alone.
You can contact the group or make a donation on their website: FairSport.org