“Germany is a country with many international level athletes and major sport events. It is therefore an important step forward for the anti-doping work that the ITA and NADA Germany now can use our common forces even more efficiently,” said ITA Director General Benjamin Cohen. “The cooperation with National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs) is of utmost importance to the ITA, and we are very pleased to have signed this agreement with one of the leading ones in Europe.”
“It is extremely important for clean sport that we network, coordinate and harmonize anti-doping work even better at international level. We are pleased that this cooperation can give even more intensive support to athletes who act fairly,” said Dr. Andrea Gotzmann, CEO of NADA Germany.
The Memorandum of Understanding regulates the competences and responsibilities for the area of testing in Germany. The aim is to use resources effectively, especially in with internationally active athletes. A first joint project will be the European Championships in Munich in August 2022, where NADA Germany will be responsible for coordinating and the ITA for conducting doping controls.
The exchange in the scope of I&I work as well as cooperation in the area of the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) within the framework of the requirements by the World Anti-Doping Code represent a further focus of the Memorandum of Understanding.
The agreement is initially set for one year.
The ITA strongly believes that the anti-doping community is able to bring the support of clean athletes to the next level by working hand-in-hand through close partnerships and cooperation. Consequently, the ITA welcomes to its network any National Anti-Doping Organisation that wishes to join this initiative and will actively seek further collaborations.