The EOC had entrusted the ITA with the implementation of its anti-doping program in 2021, relying on the ITA’s expertise with major sports events and independent approach. This summer, the ITA was responsible for the clean sport program for the European Games for the first time.
With POLADA as the implementing partner and with the support of the Kraków-Małopolska Organising Committee, over 1,280 samples were collected – 65% of them in-competition, 35% out-of-competition. These urine, blood and Dried-Blood-Spot (DBS) samples were collected in more than 30 doping control stations across 25 venues in 13 cities/towns, as well as in the athletes’ village and subsequently analysed at the WADA-accredited laboratories in Warsaw, Poland, and Cologne, Germany. All doping controls for the event were based on the ITA’s comprehensive risk assessment and resulting test distribution plan.