The ITA and the WBSC have been collaborating since January 2020 with an increasing degree of delegation to the ITA for independent management of different areas of its anti-doping program over the past two years. Now the WBSC has extended and enforced its commitment to provide an expert-led clean sport framework for its athletes by enhancing the agreement with further protective measures. The ITA will develop and manage the long-term storage of samples for the WBSC, thus allowing them to be re-tested at a later date using enhanced analytical methods or based on new information. Another new part of this partnership extension is the use of ITA’s dedicated intelligence & investigations capacity which will complement existing analytical and non-analytical methods of detecting anti-doping rule violations for the WBSC.
Furthermore, the WBSC will henceforth adhere to REVEAL, the ITA’s doping reporting platform, which will allow for baseball and softball athletes, support personnel, coaches and other stakeholders to share any information on potential rule violations in a safe and confidential or anonymous manner.
The ITA will remain responsible for out-of-competition testing for the WBSC, as well as for risk assessment, test distribution planning, Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) administration, the management of Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs), results management and whereabouts failures. From 2021 and with the coming into force of the International Standard for Education, the ITA also started supporting bat-and-ball athletes with bespoke education activities, such as a dedicated webinar series.