Our Team

The structure of the ITA reflects the recommendations of WADA’s ITA Policy Steering Group, a group composed of representatives from the Olympic Movement, public authorities and NADOs.

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Meet the Education Team

Olya Abasolo Ovtchinnikova, OLY

Education Manager

Olya is a Canadian Olympian who competed at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in the sport of fencing. Olya holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Concordia University in Canada and is in the process of completing a master’s degree in Olympic Studies. After retiring from sport, Olya worked at the Canadian Olympic Committee on Olympian marketing, legacy and education programs. In 2019, Olya joined the International Testing Agency in a role of the Education Manager.

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Spencer Zhao

Education and Operations Development Assistant

“I always deeply admire the athletes – their spirit of perseverance is so inspiring, like fighters without fears. Yet, they can be vulnerable to negligence or wrongdoing without guidance. I feel like it is such a meaningful mission to enhance clean sport education and hope every athlete can be supported and protected through our efforts”

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Mikel Thomas, OLY

Education Intern

”I want to be a part of change, a movement, the future of sport. To not just a fight against doping but to share the passion for Clean Sport. To change the perspective, understanding and exposure of athletes, coaches and supporters while enriching the experience around protecting the sports we love.”