After a preparatory period that began in the middle of 2022, the ITA was fully prepared to deliver the anti-doping program for the third edition of the European Games, which took place in Kraków and the Region of Małopolska in southern Poland over the past two weeks until July 2. The EOC, as the umbrella body for Europe’s National Olympic Committees, entrusted the ITA with its operational clean sport program in early 2021 to provide a level playing field for athletes participating in its sporting events through the ITA’s knowledge, experience, and expertise.
One of the main pillars of the ITA’s clean sport activities for Kraków-Małopolska 2023 was the testing program. The over 1,200 samples collected during these controls at the event could be urine, blood, or Dried-Blood-Spot (DBS). For the implementation of the doping controls for the event, the ITA relied on the collaboration with POLADA. It also collaborated with the Local Organising Committee to ensure the smooth delivery of the anti-doping program. Over 30 doping control stations distributed over the 25 venues in 13 cities/towns and the athlete’s village were set up as part of the clean sport program for the event. Samples were analysed in the WADA-accredited laboratory in Warsaw.