In 2018, the ITTF was one of the first International Federations to see the benefits of handing over its anti-doping operations to the ITA, then a newly established independent agency with the objective to deliver expert-led anti-doping programs free from any actual or perceived conflicts of interest. Four years after this important decision to increase the protection of its athletes from doping, the ITTF renews its collaboration with the ITA until the end of 2024.
Within this framework, the ITA will continue to plan and roll out the entire ITTF clean sport program, including in- and out-of-competition testing following intelligent distribution planning based on an extensive risk assessment. The administration of the Registered Testing Pool (RTP) and athlete whereabouts also continue under the responsibility of the ITA, as well as the management of the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) and Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs).
Results management of potential anti-doping rule violations and whereabouts failures will continuously be handled by the ITA on behalf of the ITTF. Through this partnership renewal, the ITTF will now provide its athletes, national member federations and stakeholders access to ITA’s confidential reporting platform REVEAL, allowing anyone from the table tennis community to report anonymously or confidentially any suspicion of doping or anti-doping rule violation. The ITA will manage any intelligence or investigation resulting thereof. The ITA will furthermore develop and implement a long-term sample storage and re-analysis strategy for the federation.
The partnership also aims to continue strengthening doping prevention for ITTF athletes and support personnel through the implementation of an educational plan developed by ITA experts in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) International Standard for Education.
The ITA’s Regulatory Compliance Unit will finally continue to ensure that all elements of the ITTF anti-doping program are fully in line with the World Anti-Doping Code and its connected standards and provide its partner with all the support and guidance it needs to manage any audit and potential corrective action.