Sport Ireland joined the leaders of 18 National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs) to express their support for athletes in their calls for World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) reforms.

Speaking following a special summit in Paris over the weekend to discuss recent events in the global anti-doping space, the group reaffirmed their commitment to the Copenhagen Proposals of 2016 and called for an immediate, thorough, independent and transparent investigation to be commissioned by WADA into potential bullying at recent meetings.

Sport Ireland chief executive John Treacy said: "This was an important meeting for the global fight against doping in sport. It was our first since the shocking decision by WADA’s Executive Committee to reinstate Russia, despite all of the criteria of WADA’s own Roadmap to Compliance not being satisfied.

"The views of athletes formed a large part of the meeting, and there was unanimous agreement that athletes should be supported and their concerns should be listened to by the decision makers in WADA.

"It is so important that athletes have a voice - at the end of the day, the athletes are the most important people in all of this. It is the athletes who are impacted by decisions taken by WADA and they should be central to all decisions made."

Sport Ireland's  director of participation and ethics Dr Una May added: "The need for serious reform of WADA’s governance is now more evident than ever. WADA’s credibility has been seriously damaged by recent events and reform is necessary to restore confidence in the organisation as the guardian of clean sport globally.

"In August 2016, we put forward a series of proposals to WADA highlighting how serious reform can be achieved. We still stand by those proposals and are willing to work with WADA to implement them for the sake of clean athletes everywhere."