In order to prepare these Chaperones for their mission during the Games and to further improve the athlete experience, the ITA has developed a dedicated online learning course for them. This course covers basic knowledge about anti-doping operations, the notification process, the correct chaperoning of an athlete and the different situations they may face and how to deal with them.
The Beijing 2022 Chaperone training was launched in November 2021 in partnership with the Beijing Organising Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. As of today, already over 400 Beijing 2022 Chaperones have successfully completed the course and received their certification. The objective is that all Chaperones undergo the training before their mission begins. The course is offered in English to prepare the Chaperones for their role that requires communicating with athletes from all over the world.
“The ITA’s Chaperone training program is a very important part of the Beijing 2022’s anti-doping workforce training system”, says Ling Lin, Head of Doping Control of the Beijing 2022 Organising Committee. “It ensures that our doping control program will be in strict accordance with the World Anti-Doping Code and the International Standards, and that we will create a fair environment for sports and competition, safeguard the legal rights and interests of clean athletes.”
The DCOs who will be carrying out the doping controls for Beijing 2022 and collaborating with the Chaperones – partly from the Chinese National Anti-Doping Organisation CHINADA, partly international – have all graduated from the ITA’s International Doping Control Officer (IDCO) training and certification Program. This program enables existing trained DCOs to attain an advanced, international ITA certification that allows them to promote quality testing all around the world and at top international sporting events such as the Olympic Games.