Sports Lawyer Jill Pilgrim Joins Athletics Integrity Unit Board
The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has announced that Jill Pilgrim has joined the AIU Board. Pilgrim is a senior lawyer based in New York, with significant experience in governance, anti-doping, integrity and the law. She was the general counsel and director of business affairs for USA Track & Field from 1998-2007 and general counsel for the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LGPA) from 2006-09. She is also currently serving in the position of Lecturer in Law (Adjunct Professor) at the Columbia University School of Law, teaching sports arbitration. The AIU Board governs the AIU, which was established by World Athletics in 2017.
The AIU is the independent body created by the World Athletics that manages all integrity issues – both doping and non-doping – for the sport of athletics. The remit of the AIU includes anti-doping, the pursuit of individuals engaged in age or competition results manipulation, investigating fraudulent behavior with regards to transfers of allegiance, and detecting other misconduct including bribery and breaches of betting rules. It is the AIU’s role “to drive cheats out of our sport, and to do everything within its power to support honest athletes around the world who dedicate their lives to reaching their sporting goals through dedication and hard work.”