ASOIF President Francesco Ricci Bitti features among the five board members of the new Independent Testing Authority (ITA), who have been ratified by the WADA Executive Committee. He will serve as International Federations (IFs) representative.
ASOIF has supported the idea of the ITA which was first discussed at the Olympic Summit in October 2015. The new body will be an independent non-for-profit Swiss Foundation that will provide doping control services to IFs and major event organisers to help compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code in an autonomous and harmonised manner. Greater independence for IFs and economies of scale will be two of the system’s key benefits.
Commenting on his appointment, Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “We need an anti-doping system that is more fit-for-purpose and appropriately resourced. The set-up of the ITA is an important step in the right direction and I am honoured to represent the IFs on the founding Board. At first, the ITA should serve those IFs who would benefit from a better, more independent anti-doping process, together with the big event organisers like the IOC, and those for the continental and multi-sport games.”
Research conducted by ASOIF last year revealed that six of ASOIF’s member IFs with fully independent systems spend approximately USD 20 million per year on anti-doping while the other 22 spend around USD 8 million. At the outset, mainly these 22 IFs will benefit from using the ITA, either in part or in full, whilst the others may recognise the value of the system and take advantage of the benefits in the longer term.
The full list of approved ITA Board Members follows:
- Independent Chair: Dr. Valérie Fourneyron, France
- IOC representative: Prof. Uğur Erdener, Turkey
- International Federation representative: Mr. Francesco Ricci Bitti, Italy
- IOC Athlete Committee representative: Ms. Kirsty Coventry, Zimbabwe
- Independent Member: Prof. Dr. Peijie Chen, China
Chair Valérie Fourneyron is a former volleyball player and qualified doctor with 30 years' experience in anti-doping work.
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