ITA’s Regulatory Compliance Unit supported ITA partners through the process of the WADA Code compliance monitoring Program and will continue to do so in 2023. The ITA Foundation Board noted that for IF partners delegating their entire anti-doping program to the ITA (as opposed to those with only partial delegation) over 70% fewer corrective actions have been identified, proving the quality of anti-doping programs comprehensively led by the ITA. As compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code and its International Standards is the most important benchmark for the ITA and its partners, the ITA Foundation Board approved and supported the organisation’s official pledge (+link) to hold compliance with the Code as one of its key guiding principles.
The ITA also recently concluded the London 2012 re-analysis program, which resulted in a total of 73 new anti-doping rule violations and the subsequent withdrawal of 31 and reallocation of 46 medals by the IOC.
A further topic was the anti-doping program that the ITA is leading for the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF), both in regard to the year-round activities for weightlifting and the investigative report published in June 2022 and the following lifetime bans of former IWF officials.
With the completion of its first 4-year Olympic cycle, the ITA will also embark on a new strategic cycle in 2023. To this end, the ITA Board approved the 2023-2026 strategic plan as proposed by the ITA management. This plan was drafted with the support of external consulting firms and following extensive consultation with the Chair and members of the Foundation Board as well as the ITA’s main stakeholders such as athlete representatives, WADA, IF umbrella associations, National and International Olympic Committees and others. The new strategic plan will be officially launched in January 2023.
“Looking back at the short history of the organisation I chair, I have to say that we have come a long way in a short time,” says ITA Chair of the Foundation Board Dr Valérie Fourneyron. “What started as a start-up organisation with a handful of anti-doping experts has now become one of the largest anti-doping agencies in the world with over 80 staff. The commitment to independence and expertise has remained the same, and we continue to believe that collaboration is the key to the long-term fight against doping, a vision that is reinforced by the many partnerships the ITA forms within and outside of the anti-doping ecosystem. Many challenges lie ahead, and the new 2023-2026 strategy approved by the ITA Board has outlined them well. We will continue to build trust in ITA and its activities with all stakeholders: athletes, sports governing bodies, major event organisers, national and regional anti-doping organisations, public authorities, media and fans. I congratulate ITA Director General Benjamin Cohen and his team for a productive, challenging and rewarding year working hard to keep sport real.”
The ITA Foundation Board also elected a new Board member to join at the beginning of 2023. Emma Terho, former ice hockey professional player, five-time Olympian and two-time Olympic medallist, will join the ITA Board as athlete representative. She will replace Kirsty Coventry (OLY) in this position.
Ms Terho expressed her enthusiasm for her upcoming appointment to the ITA Board in 2023. “As an Olympian and athlete representative, I understand how vital it is for athletes to have confidence in a strong clean sport system and to be sure that everyone competing is subject to professional anti-doping measures,” she declared. “Independence is a key factor in building that trust, which is why I am committed to supporting the ITA to the best of my abilities and to further advance independence and expertise in anti-doping in the sporting world.”
Prof. Dr Uğur Erdener was re-appointed by the ITA Foundation Board as IOC representative for a last term of office of two years until January 2025. The remaining five Board members were not subject to re-appointment at the 11th ITA Board meeting.