The ITA is another example of how the Olympic Movement is focused on the future and on ensuring a level playing field for international athletes through organisational and technical innovations.
“By quickly becoming operational, the ITA will allow an increasing number of IFs and MEOs to make use of its services, thus strengthening the trust that athletes and the sports movement have in the fight against doping, and in the protection of clean athletes,” she added.
The Doping-Free Sport Unit (DFSU) of the Global Association of International Sports Organisations (GAISF) will remain intact and become the operational nucleus of the ITA, ensuring the staff expertise required to provide anti-doping services under its new, independent governance structure.
At the Olympic Summit held in October 2015, the IOC proposed an independent anti-doping testing and sanctioning system. In March 2017, the establishment of the ITA was one of the IOC’s 12 principles for a more robust and independent global anti-doping system to protect clean athletes. The appointment of the first Foundation Board and the first members were then ratified by the WADA Executive Committee in October 2017:
- Independent Chair: Dr Valérie Fourneyron, France
- IOC representative: Prof. Uğur Erdener, Turkey
- International Federation representative: Mr Francesco Ricci Bitti, Italy
- IOC Athlete Commission representative: Ms Kirsty Coventry, Zimbabwe
- Independent Member: Prof. Dr Peijie Chen, China
For further independence, and as was already the case at the Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, the IOC has also decided to make sanctioning independent at PyeongChang 2018. All decisions on alleged anti-doping rule violations during these Games will be handled by a new Anti-Doping Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), with the possibility of appeal to the CAS, thus ensuring the independence of both the testing and the sanctioning processes.
The ITA does not change an IFs or MEOs responsibility under the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) as they ultimately remain responsible for compliance with the Code, which will be monitored by the World Anti-Doping Agency.