The International Testing Agency (ITA) and World Taekwondo today signed a partnership which will see the ITA implement the federation’s global anti-doping programme from 1 January 2019 through to the end of 2020.
The ITA’s expert team will deliver a robust programme in the lead-up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, including risk assessments, test distribution planning, in-competition and out-of-competition testing, registered testing pool and athlete whereabouts management, athlete biological passport and support on compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code.
The partnership is an endorsement of the ITA’s world-leading expertise in providing anti-doping services. World Taekwondo joins more than 30 International Federations and major event organisers that have already partnered with the ITA.
World Taekwondo President Chungwon Choue said:
“Protecting our athletes is a key priority for World Taekwondo. We are always looking at ways of improving our anti-doping programmes to ensure we are delivering competitions that our athletes, fans and all stakeholders can have complete trust in. We look forward to working with the ITA who will provide excellent independent expertise in anti-doping and help us to guarantee clean sport and a level playing field for all our athletes.”
ITA Chair Dr Valérie Fourneyron added:
“We are delighted that World Taekwondo has partnered with the ITA to manage its anti-doping programme. Being entrusted to protect athletes is a great responsibility and one that we take very seriously. Our independent experts will work hard to deliver a wide range of anti-doping services and ensure clean taekwondo around the world. Our mission is Keeping Sport Real and we are honoured to enter into this partnership aimed at Keeping Taekwondo Real.”