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IOC Press Release: ITA moves closer to being operational

24 Jan 2018
Lausanne, Switzerland, January 23, 2018: The Foundation Board of the International Testing Agency has held its first meeting in Lausanne, marking a further step on the ITA’s road to becoming fully operational in early 2018. IOC President Thomas Bach addressed the Board and expressed his enthusiastic support for the ITA’s mission to provide anti-doping services to those International Federations (IFs) and Major Event Organisers (MEOs) that wish to delegate their anti-doping programmes to an independent body.

“The establishment of the ITA is a decisive step in the fight against doping, I am proud to be its Chair,” said Valerie Fourneyron. “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 Valerie Fourneyron, France; IOC representative, Prof. Ugur Erdener, Turkey; International Federation representative, Mr Francesco Ricci Bitti, Italy; IOC Athlete Commission representative, Ms Kirsty Coventry, Zimbabwe; Independent Member, Prof. Dr Chen Peijie, China.

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