World Triathlon, the global governing body of the sport of the multi-discipline sport, has entered a new extended partnership with the ITA until December 2024. The World Triathlon Executive Board approved the transfer of a range of anti-doping activities to ITA, in order to increase the independence and professionalism of its clean sport efforts.
From January 2022, ITA will be updating, monitoring and amending World Triathlon’s risk assessment that will support the development and implementation of the test distribution plan for the federation. ITA will also establish and manage the Registered Testing Pool (RTP) of World Triathlon, and its consequent management of the whereabouts submission process.
The ITA will be in charge of the planning and management of the out-of-competition doping controls, and the in-competition testing activities at all World Triathlon events. The International Testing Agency will also be in charge of the administration of the Athlete Biological Passports (ABPs).
The ITA will deliver education activities in compliance with the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA’s) International Standard for Education. The agreement includes 60 hours of education-related work and support of different activities, in coordination with World Triathlon.
World Triathlon and all its national member associations will have full access to the ITA’s reporting platform REVEAL and the preliminary assessment of the information received via this platform. Both organisations will work on the development and implementation of a long-term storage and re-analysis policy, including the long-term storage of samples in the ITA’s centralised storage facility.
«We are very pleased to enter a new partnership with World Triathlon and work to support the athletes of this exciting sport that combines three different disciplines,” says Benjamin Cohen, ITA Director General. “I thank World Triathlon for their trust in the independence and expertise that the ITA offers, our team looks forward to supporting triathletes with their clean sport programs.”
“This agreement is a very important step forward to guarantee the full independence of our anti-doping program, and I am absolutely convinced that this cooperation will bring great success to our organization, said World Triathlon President and IOC member, Marisol Casado.
World Triathlon will retain responsibility over the management of its Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) program and will also continue overseeing the Results Management process. World Triathlon and the ITA will pursue the discussions over 2022 to delegate these remaining areas of World Triathlon’s anti-doping program. The ITA has been supporting World Triathlon in a smaller scope since February 2020 with ABP administration activities.