GAISF and ITA help IFs get up to speed with 2021 World Anti-Doping Code
As January 2021 fast-approaches, the International Testing Agency (ITA) and GAISF are supporting the majority of International Sports Federations (IFs), from full members to Observers, to update their Anti-Doping Rules to ensure compliance with the 2021 World Anti-Doping Code (Code).
Through an MoU signed between GAISF and the ITA at the end of 2019, both organisations, in cooperation with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), have been providing assistance to IFs on updating their Anti-Doping Rules.
GAISF, in its mission to serve its Members in their global objectives, places a strong emphasis on clean sport and its significant impact on sports governance. As such, GAISF’s unique position within the sports landscape, coupled with the ITA’s expertise, experience and independence as a leading organisation delivering anti-doping programmes for sport, laid the foundations for a partnership that would greatly benefit IFs in furthering anti-doping efforts in sport.
In light of this united mission to serve clean sport, GAISF and the ITA have assisted an array of IFs with the drafting, submission and review of their 2021 Anti-Doping Rules following WADA’s feedback. In addition, all IFs were able to access both organisations’ expertise, knowledge and experience to assist in making the necessary changes. In March 2020, the two organisations also held a virtual seminar to provide guidance on the topics of compliance and rules adaptation.
GAISF President Raffaele Chiulli said:
“GAISF is proud to be a part of efforts to promote clean sport, which all of our Members are fully committed to. This is an invaluable service we are offering to our Members, and it is testament to the fact that, when something must be applied universally across all IFs, the ideal conduit is GAISF. Our collaboration with the ITA on this project has been highly successful, and I truly believe that this partnership will continue to benefit clean sport and the global sports community in the future.”
ITA Director General Benjamin Cohen said:
“Having a clear set of anti-doping rules in line with the World Anti-Doping Code is very important for all IFs. In line with our mission to fight doping in sport globally, the ITA is pleased to have supported free of charge any interested GAISF Member with this piece of work. More than 60 IFs have benefited from GAISF’s and ITA’s commitment to ensure that the world of sport is well equipped to face the many challenges ahead of us in 2021 for the protection of sport and its athletes. The ITA will remain firmly committed to this partnership with GAISF and will continue to support any IF with its anti-doping operations.”
WADA European Office and IF Relations Director Sébastien Gillot said:
“Ensuring that all Signatories have Anti-Doping Rules in line with the Code is the only way to guarantee a level playing field for all athletes globally, and WADA, as the global anti-doping regulator, is grateful to GAISF and the ITA for their support to IFs as it relates to this important task. We appreciate that adapting to a new World Anti-Doping Program is a challenging endeavour that has not been helped by the challenging times we are all facing this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The assistance from GAISF and the ITA to IFs has been very valuable and we look forward to continuing our common effort over the final stretch of 2020.”
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