Dr Roger Jackson has championed clean sport for decades, including promoting anti-doping, as President of the Canadian Olympic Association but more importantly through his role as Chair of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) and his contributions to the Olympic Solidarity publications on ethics in sport. For over two decades he was professor of the Faculty of Physical Education at the University of Calgary. “I am delighted to join the Board of the ITA and to work with its team. The achievements to date of this new organisation are remarkable. I look forward to assisting it with its mandate of delivering high-quality services, building collaborations with partners and doing so with integrity and transparency”, states Dr Jackson on his new role as ITA Board Member.
The meeting also allowed the Board to review the measures taken by the ITA to address the unprecedented situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic which resulted in the cancellation and postponement of many international sports competitions and the inability to conduct testing activities across the world as planned. Doping controls were carried out whenever and wherever possible, and the ITA maintained all other anti-doping activities and services for its partner International Federations (IFs) and Major Event Organisers (MEOs) throughout the lockdown. Event-based education was shifted to a series of public live webinars that saw a huge attendance with over 2,000 participants from all corners of the world. The ITA has issued specific guidelines on increased sanitary precautions to protect the health of athletes and the anti-doping workforce and is prepared to work at over-capacity throughout the summer in order to intelligently carry out planned and rescheduled tests.
The Board was also informed that the anti-doping program for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is currently being adapted for a delivery in 2021. The work on the coordination of pre-Games testing recommendations to all anti-doping organisations (ADOs) worldwide delivered by the ITA Tokyo 2020 Pre-Games Expert Group continues. In addition, the ITA is finalising the construction of a secured centralised long-term storage facility that will store samples collected by any interested ADO for up to ten years to allow for their re-analysis, following the success of previous re-analysis programs implemented for the Beijing, Vancouver and London Olympics.
In this respect, the ITA has just finalised the London 2012 re-analysis program that saw more than two-thirds of all urine samples collected at the time of the Games re-analysed and, in total, more than 80 anti-doping rule violations uncovered, allowing in some instances the reallocation of Olympic medals to their rightful owners by the IOC.
The Board was furthermore informed that ITA’s Legal Affairs Department was handed over 50 priority athlete cases by WADA in the framework of “Operation LIMS” that probes into doping in Russian sport and conducts the Moscow laboratory re-analysis program.
Finally, in addition to a number of operational and strategic updates – such as the adoption of a policy to limit the number of mandates of ITA Board Members – the Board received a full report on the transition of UCI’s anti-doping program to the ITA. As of 1 January 2021, the ITA will take over the management of UCI’s anti-doping activities and given the scope of the program and number of stakeholders involved, this transition will take place throughout the year 2020.
MEMBERS OF THE ITA BOARD:
||Dr Valérie Fourneyron (FRA)
||Prof Peijie Chen (CHN)
|Newly appointed independent Members
||Ms Chantal Brunner (NZL)Dr Roger Jackson (CAN)
|Representative of the Athletes
||Ms Kirsty Coventry (ZWE)
|Representative of the IOC
||Prof Dr Uğur Erdener (TUR)
|Representative of Int. Sports Federations
||Mr Francesco Ricci Bitti (ITA)
|Representative of WADA (non-voting)
||Mr Sebastien Gillot (FRA)