The International Testing Agency (ITA), back then still organised as the Doping-Free Sport Unit (DFSU), managed the anti-doping program at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on behalf of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
The DFSU, in collaboration with the PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee (POCOG), delivered an independent anti-doping program for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.
During the Pre-Games activities, the DFSU served as secretariat organising a taskforce composed of five National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs): Anti-Doping Denmark (ADD), Canadian Centre of Ethics in Sport (CCES), Japan Anti-Doping Agency (JADA), UK Anti-Doping and U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). This Pre-Games Taskforce issued 3’500 recommendations covering seven winter sports and seven International Federations (IFs). About 2,000 athletes were included in these recommendations, making it the most rigorous pre-Games testing program at the time.
During the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 the DFSU overviewed and managed:
– The Games-time Taskforce
– All testing activities (in-competition and out-of-competition)
– Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs)
– Results Management
Over the period of the Games, from 1 to 25 February 2018, 80% of the out-of-competition testing was carried out on targeted groups of athletes. In total, over 3,100 samples were collected during that time. 1,600 of the 2,963 participating athletes were tested at least once.
Until early 2018 the Doping-Free Sport Unit (DFSU) was the anti-doping body of the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) and would then become the operational nucleus of the International Testing Agency (ITA).