World Triathlon is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement with the International Testing Agency (ITA) for the management and implementation of the World Triathlon Anti-Doping programme until December 2024.

The World Triathlon Executive Board approved the transfer of the anti-doping activities to ITA, an independent organization that will guarantee a much more independent management of its anti-doping programme and resources within the sport of triathlon and our organization.

“This agreement is a very important step forward to guarantee the full independence of our anti-doping programme, and I am absolutely convinced that this cooperation will bring great success to our organization, said World Triathlon President and IOC member, Marisol Casado.

From January 2022, ITA will be updating, monitoring and amending the Risk Assessment, and will be in charge of the development and implementation of the Test distribution plan. ITA will also establish and manage the Registered Testing Pool of World Triathlon, and its consequent management of the whereabouts submission process.

The ITA will be in charge of the organization and management of the Out-of-Competition tests, and the In-Competition testing activities at all World Triathlon events. The International Testing Agency will continue to be in charge of the administration of the Athlete Biological Passports.

The International Testing Agency will also support the delivery of the Education activities in compliance with the international standard of education. The agreement includes 60 hours of education-related work and support of different activities, in coordination with World Triathlon.

World Triathlon will have full access to the ITA’s Whistleblowing platform -Reveal- and the preliminary assessment of the information received via this platform. Both organizations will work on the development and implementation of a long-term storage and reanalysis policy and long-term storage of samples in the ITA’s centralised storage facility.

World Triathlon will retain responsibility over the management of its Therapeutic Use Exemption program and will also continue overseeing the Results Management process. World Triathlon and the ITA will pursue the discussions over 2022 to delegate these remaining areas of World Triathlon’s anti-doping programme.