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UCI appoints American criminal investigator in fight against tech fraud

UCI appoints American criminal investigator in fight against tech fraud

On Wednesday, the UCI announced the appointment of Nicholas Raudenski in a position called the head of the fight against technological fraud. Raudenski, a former criminal investigator, is to begin his new role on May 1.

According to a statement from the UCI, Raudenski will spearhead the formulation and execution of a new strategy aimed at combating technological fraud.

Investigation all allegations of motor doping

The UCI hopes he will enhance the organization’s initiatives. His role is to stay abreast of technological advancements to ensure efficacy in detection methods. Additionally, Raudenski will investigate all allegations and suspicions of technological fraud.

Raudenski transitions to the UCI from his prior role as head of intelligence & investigations (I&I) at the International Testing Agency (ITA). That is the independent entity responsible for the UCI’s anti-doping endeavours. That was a position he held since August 2021.

US Department of Homeland Security background

The American worked for 23 years as a criminal investigator. He had positions as deputy attaché, international programme manager and supervisory investigator with the US Department of Homeland Security in investigations and international affairs.

After that he worked in sport, notably international football. His tenure included five years with the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) followed by two and a half years with the Union des Associations Européennes de Football (UEFA).

UCI’s ongoing intelligence collection

The UCI statement said that, “he became one of the leading global authorities on I&I in sports, including match-fixing, corruption, and other ethical issues. This experience, together with his anti-doping work at the ITA, have seen him strive to uphold the integrity of sport through the development of detection methods.”

Investigators over former athletes

The appointment of the American is a new direction given that previous heads were former pros like Jean-Christophe Peraud. It also follows the recent resignation of former world champion Michael Rogers The Australia was the head of road cycling and innovation.

“After 3.5 great years at the UCI, the time has come for me to bid farewell. It has been a fun chapter full of travel experiences. As well as collaboration, challenges, moments of reflection, valuable learning opportunities and friendships with staff, commissaires and external partners,” his post on LinkedIn read. “I…

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