The 10th edition of the International Federation (IF) Forum with the focus on “The Power of Sport to Drive World Health” kicked off in Lausanne (Switzerland) tonight. For the opening of the Forum, Francesco Ricci Bitti, ASOIF and SportAccord Convention President, was joined by IOC President Thomas Bach, SportAccord President Patrick Baumann and Member of the Lausanne Council and Director of Sport and Social Cohesion, Oscar Tosato.
During her keynote address at the opening session, Dr. Margo Mountjoy, Chair of ASOIF’s Medical and Scientific Consultative Group, presented the results of the 2016 anti-doping survey involving all 28 Summer Olympic IFs.
Conducted from February to May 2016 through an online questionnaire, the survey had three main objectives:
- establish the anti-doping processes that individual IFs implement within their respective sports;
- quantify the financial resources devoted to the IF anti-doping efforts in 2015 (the first year of implementation of the revised WADA Code); and
- establish best practises from IF experiences on how to better protect the clean athlete.
Key findings include the increase in IF expenditure from $23.5M in 2009 to $27.68M in 2015 (17.8%). It is noted that the 17 lowest-spending IFs increased their budget by 82%.
Testing continues to account for the majority of expenditure, with much greater use being made of intelligence testing by the IFs compared to 2009. Another interesting outcome in the light of recent events is that the number of Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) processed by IFs has decreased by almost 80% between 2009 and 2015 due to changes in the WADA Prohibited List (specifically change concerning beta-2-agonists rules).
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Commenting on the research during the Forum opening, Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “The findings provide a clear indication as to how much the Summer Olympic IFs spend globally on fulfilling their obligations under the WADA Code. We expect the research outcomes to deliver valuable information for the ongoing discussion concerning how to enhance the future fight against doping and the potential creation of an independent authority for testing. Our ultimate objective must be to protect athletes in the best way possible.”
The methodology of the survey is now also being applied to International Olympic Winter Federations and International Federations recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
In the course of the Forum, ASOIF will also present the results of research into activities and priorities for its international member federations with respect to athlete health and safety to help their activities in this field.