IOF anti-doping work moves to ITA

The International Orienteering Federation (IOF) has signed an agreement with the International Testing Agency (ITA) for the outsourcing of anti-doping work to the IOF. The agreement comes into force on January 1, 2022.

The International Testing Agency (ITA) was established on the basis of a proposal from the IOC in October 2015. The proposal was supported by WADA and the organization was founded to establish a body largely independent from sports organizations. to carry out doping controls and results management. The ITA started its activities in 2018 and over the last 3 years has grown to over 60 anti-doping professionals supporting over 50 international sports federations and major event organizers in their anti-doping work.

The IOF had already identified in 2019 that it would gradually transfer its anti-doping work to the ITA. In the second half of 2021, work began on signing the contract with ITA and transitioning various aspects of the work. Multiple meetings have taken place to establish the different areas of collaboration and the transition will be completed from January 1, 2022. From that point on, the ITA will take over the planning of all tests, in-competition testing. and out of competition and management of test results. They will also manage the IOF test pools and manage the processing of Therapeutic Use Authorizations (TUEs). IOF has also joined the ITA REVEAL secure whistleblower platform for anonymous reporting of suspicious doping activities. The ITA will also support the IOF to ensure that the IOF remains fully compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code. Finally, ITA and IOF will continue to work together to create an orienteering education plan that is appropriate for the organization. The ITA already has extensive educational material available on its website and it is fully accessible to IOF members and athletes.

The IOF is pleased to be able to enter into this agreement and to outsource to an organization solely focused on anti-doping work. The ITA will provide knowledgeable and experienced professionals to ensure that the IOF and the sport of orienteering maintain their strong anti-doping record. Anti-doping information on the IOF webpage has been updated to reflect the new agreement and new working methods.

More information on the ITA

Link to the ITA Athletes Hub

Dino J. Dotson