Moreover, for the first time, the cycling anti-doping program was managed by the same experts for UCI Calendar events and the Olympic Games, resulting in a seamless management of activities throughout the year, including in the lead up to and during the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
In addition, all ITA Doping Control Officers (DCOs) obtained the ITA IDCO certification to ensure that testing is carried out professionally by trained experts in strict compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code and according to current best practice.
Focus on Intelligence & Investigations
Over the past year, the ITA has focused on expanding its Intelligence & Investigations (I&I) capabilities, as the sharing of information and the impact of intelligence is proving to be a highly effective complement to testing activities. Today, the cycling anti-doping program benefits from a highly specialised I&I department which strives to cooperate closely with relevant public law enforcement authorities, international intelligence agencies and other I&I units to increase information-sharing and collaborate on investigations.
In February 2021, the ITA launched its own reporting platform called REVEAL, where anyone can confidentially share their suspicions on doping violations.
In conclusion, after this first year of partnership, the ITA and the UCI are confident that the program is on the right track and will become even stronger.
The ITA Director-General Benjamin Cohen said: “Integrating the world’s largest anti-doping program for a single sport into our structure was a significant undertaking. We managed to work side by side with all parties involved to ensure that quality did not suffer at any point while setting the building blocks for increased efforts moving forward. We did reach this objective, but we must remain modest and vigilant. As doping becomes more sophisticated, our programs have to as well – there is no place for complacency and we will continue to work tirelessly to protect the integrity of cycling.”
UCI Director General Amina Lanaya declared: “The decision to transfer cycling’s anti-doping operations from the CADF to the ITA arose from the UCI’s desire to continually call its activities into question in order to advance. For more than 10 years, the CADF did a fantastic job of managing our sport’s anti-doping program. With the ITA, cycling still benefits from the expertise it enjoyed previously, but can also draw on new synergies, and more resources. We are delighted with the result after the first year of collaboration.”
While the ITA has taken over operations including testing, the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) management, Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE) administration, risk assessment, Intelligence & Investigations (I&I) and the initial reviewing of potential anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) cases, the UCI Legal Anti-Doping Services (LADS) continue to be in charge of results management. This is carried out independently from the UCI Management but in consultation with an External Legal Counsel.