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As an unequivocal confirmation of its commitment to eradicating the use of prohibited substances and methods in triathlon, ITU continues to commit time, effort, energy and a substantial budget to its anti-doping mission.
As you are well aware, over the years various regulatory mechanisms have been established and implement to curb the incidence of doping in our sport and in sport in general. All these mechanisms seek to efficiently and effectively deter all triathletes from using prohibited substances. More importantly, these mechanisms are the main tools that will allow ITU to catch and punish anyone who cheats, all the while seeking to maintain a level playing field for every clean and fair athlete.
The use of prohibited methods and substances by athletes in all sports is pervasive and troubling. Still, according to yearly statistics, ITU athletes have for the most part respected their engagements as athletes under the ITU Anti-Doping Rules and the World Code. For this, the ITU commends you. In fact, ITU takes pride in the fact that so few anti-doping rule violations have occurred in our sport in the past year at an international level.
This does not mean our work is done. As we have learned in 2015 through various doping scandals occurring in various sports, the fight against doping in sport is onerous: it requires long-term commitment, it demands transparency and it is dependant upon cooperation and collaboration. ITU shall therefore strive to render its anti-doping program even more successful in 2016.
Here are some of the components of the 2016 ITU Anti-Doping Program:
1. Regulatory mechanisms:
The ITU Anti-Doping Rules and ITU Anti-Doping Program were confirmed by WADA as being fully compliant with the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code. The current ITU Anti-Doping Rules can now be downloaded on this web page.
Please be advised that were a few modifications were brought to the Rules, specifically to the TUE section (Article 4.4.), at the end of 2015. In accordance with the mandatory procedures, these modifications were adopted by the ITU Executive Board and then approved by WADA as being World Code Compliant.
We remind you that the ITU Anti-Doping Rules are a stand alone document. However, the ITU Anti-Doping Rules also incorporate by reference all the WADA International Standards. These mandatory International Standards, as well as the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code, can all be downloaded on the WADA Website at www.wada-ama.org.
2. Out-Of-Competition Testing (OOCT)
In accordance with its 2016 Test Distribution Plan, ITU is acting with the CCES to maintain its OOCT numbers testing based on reasoned and efficient test distribution planning.
Over and above this OOCT plan and the usual requisite in-competition testing, ITU continues to cooperate with WADA in its conducting of supplementary OOCT testing on behalf of ITU.
3. Increased and efficient In Competition Testing
In addition to the OOCT testing that is being done, ITU also maintains its requirements for in- competition testing. By using a variety of random and targeted tests before and after ITU Events, ITU keeps its in-competition testing program unpredictable and efficient.
4. Athlete Biological Passport (ABP)
The objective of integrating the ABP into the larger framework of the ITU’s anti-doping program remains to identify and to target athletes for specific analytical testing (e.g., recombinant EPO test, homologous blood transfusion test) by intelligent and timely interpretation of biological passport data. SAIDS is the NADO who monitors ITU’s ABP.
ITU believes it has properly integrated the ABP into its existing doping control program by weighing all factors including the required resources and capacity to operate such a program. As such, you can all expect for ITU to continue to build is ABP database in 2016 and to use it to effectively and efficiently complement all its other anti-doping initiatives.
5. National Federations Testing
It is each national federation’s responsibility to ensure that all national-level testing on its national federation’s athletes complies with ITU’s Anti-Doping Rules. In some countries, the national federation itself will be conducting the doping control. In other countries, many of the doping control responsibilities of the national federation have been delegated to a National Anti-Doping Organization (NADOs). NADOs often work with ITU and its national federations to determine their National Registered Testing Pools (NRTP). These NRTP’s supplement ITU’s International Registered Testing Pool and help to provide a comprehensive and cohesive out-of-competition testing program for our triathletes.
ITU reminds all national federations that they are required to submit the results of their testing to ITU as well as to provide prompt results management information to ITU throughout their disciplinary processes.
ITU maintains its steadfast commitment to education. ITU firmly believes that all athletes, at all levels, must be educated on the dangers of using drugs for their health, their athlete status, their national pride, their reputations and ultimately, their legacy.
ITU shall continue to implement the WADA Outreach Model at various events. We will also actively engage national federations in the dissemination of materials to athletes at all levels; increase the information links on our ITU website and actively encourage coaches and trainers to better acquaint themselves with all the elements of both the ITU and the World Anti-Doping Program so they all are informed and accountable.
While ITU continues to invest and actively engage itself in the fight against doping, we equally believe that everyone involved in triathlon has a part to play in eradicating the use of prohibited substances and methods in sport. Together, we can make sure that all our athletes, their support staff and the medical personnel are aware of their obligations and responsibilities with regards to doping, and stay clean and healthy. This is for the athlete’s best interest – and for the best interest and longevity of the sport.
The ITU thanks you for taking your responsibilities with regard to anti-doping seriously and for protecting the integrity of triathlon, for promoting the health and well-being of all our athletes and for respecting and honouring the intrinsic values of sport in general.