SPEAKING NOTES PROFESSOR RICHARD MCLAREN JUNE 4, 2020
3 In February, the International Weightlifting Federation mandated me to look into the allegations presented in the ARD documentary. As the Independent Investigator, I was supported by a multi-disciplinary team having proven experience in complex investigations. The team was comprised of skilled interviewers and experts in forensic analysis, financial investigations, money- laundering AND with specialized knowledge in doping violations, laboratory regulation and processes. The lead members of the team are named in the executive summary of the report. Dr. Aján resigned his Presidency of the IWF as of the April 15 of this year. I was given the mandate to follow the evidence wherever it may lead; what allegations could or should be tested; and the lines of enquiry to be followed. The mandate was not limited to the allegations described in the ARD documentary. From the start of the investigation, my team and I had full independence on all matters.