“We are pleased to report that despite the challenging circumstances, the ITA was able to deliver its clean sport activities as planned and support fair and clean competitions for athletes all over the world. This would not have been possible without close collaboration with all National Olympic Committees before and during the Games. We sincerely thank you for your trust and cooperation,” Dr Fourneyron said looking back at the anti-doping program that the ITA delivered for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. She also stressed that with the ITA, they will now have a consistent partner for each edition of the Games and other NOC-driven major events that will work tirelessly to ensure consistency, constant innovation, smoother collaboration and the best on-site anti-doping operations possible.
Dr Fourneyron further noted: “The Tokyo 2020 Games were also historic in terms of their anti-doping program. This most comprehensive Olympic testing program to date included an extensive global pre-Games initiative, the introduction of operational and analytical novelties, a large-scale sample long-term storage strategy, dedicated education for the anti-doping workforce and many other innovations. We can build on these and future improvements for the years to come. These historic efforts in the fight against doping will, I hope, allow us to turn a page in our history and look to the future with confidence.”