After a preparatory period that began in the middle of 2022, ITA is fully prepared to deliver the anti-doping program for the third edition of the European Games, which will take place in Kraków and the Region of Małopolska in southern Poland over the next two weeks until 2 July. The EOC, as the umbrella body for Europe’s National Olympic Committees, entrusted the ITA with its operational clean sport program in early 2021 to provide a level playing field for athletes participating in its sporting events through the ITA’s knowledge, experience and expertise.
One of the main pillars of the ITA’s clean sport activities for Kraków-Małopolska 2023 is the testing program. The estimated 1,200 samples collected during these controls at the event can be urine, blood or Dried-Blood-Spot (DBS). For the implementation of the doping controls for the event the ITA relies on the collaboration with POLADA. It also collaborates with the Local Organising Committee to ensure the smooth delivery of the anti-doping program. Over 30 doping control stations distributed over the 25 venues in 13 cities/towns and the athlete’s village are set up as part of the clean sport program for the event. Samples will be analysed in the WADA-accredited laboratory in Warsaw.
The POLADA-managed anti-doping workforce for the European Games consists of 17 Polish doping control officers and over 40 doping control officers from 19 other European countries, all of whom are ITA-certified, and over 30 experienced phlebotomists from Poland. Together with around 120 chaperones, the ITA staff on-site and other support personnel, the anti-doping workforce for the event is over 260 people strong.