The ITA is also extremely pleased to announce that Berlinger Special AG is the Official Partner of the IDCO Training Program, a swiss-based and family-owned tamper-evident safety container manufacturer. The company’s BEREG-Kits have established themselves as the standard worldwide and are used for the collection of samples at national and international sporting events. The BEREG-Kits meet the latest requirements of WADA and are appreciated by athletes worldwide for their secure credentials and their ease of use. The partnership with Berlinger enables the ITA to deliver this training program for free to DCOs around the world.
“This is a memorable day for the ITA as we launch this program that will offer athletes increased quality and safety during the testing process they are subject to”, says ITA Director General Benjamin Cohen. “I wish to thank Berlinger Special AG for supporting this initiative as it further underlines their long-lasting commitment to quality and integrity in anti-doping and will allow the ITA to make this program sustainable and inclusive for many years to come. A special thanks goes as well to all the national, regional and private sample collection agencies who have joined forces with the ITA to deliver the program to their doping control officers, thus promoting gold standards in testing worldwide. We are very excited to launch this project and look forward to continuously offering athletes the best possible experience when they are notified for a doping control.”
“We are proud to be the partner of the ITA IDCO Training Program”, says Andrea Berlinger, Owner and President, Berlinger Group. “As manufacturers of tamper-evident safety containers, we endorse initiatives like this one to ensure samples are consistently collected to high-quality standards around the world. We wish the ITA every success in implementing this important initiative and we hope, at this point, that all new ITA-Certified IDCOs will be filled with enthusiasm and passion as they carry out their extremely important work at the initial point of sample collection.”
Ultimately, the IDCO Training Program aims at delivering the best athlete-focused service to support elite sportspeople through the sample collection process. Tony Estanguet, President of the Organising Committee of the Paris 2024 Summer Olympic Games, three times Olympic Champion and three times World Champion in slalom canoe, welcomes a worldwide high-quality standard in testing: “Throughout my athletic career, I’ve been tested many times. I have seen disparities and quality issues in the way that the tests were conducted. Creating a worldwide certification and quality stamp for doping controls would enable athletes to have more trust, feel protected and gain reassurance in the anti-doping system. I will also look forward to welcoming ITA-Certified International Doping Control Officers at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games in four years.”
The ITA will start delivering the online training this summer. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the connected travel restrictions, the face-to-face training dates will be confirmed as soon as possible with the relevant host organisations.
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