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Factually, with the increased obligation under the Code, but more importantly in light of the pervasiveness of drugs in sport in general and its desire to keep its sport clean, ITU has created its own anti-doping department whose sole function is to manage all anti-doping matters. ITU has committed a substantial budget to its anti-doping mission an unequivocal confirmation of ITU commitment to eradicating the use of drugs in triathlon.
Practically, various regulatory mechanisms are now in place to curb the incidence of doping in our sport. All these mechanisms seek to efficiently and effectively deter all triathletes from using drugs. More importantly, these mechanisms are the main tools that will allow the ITU to catch and punish anyone who cheats, all the while guaranteeing greater merit to the clean, fair athletes.
1. Regulatory mechanisms:
The Revised ITU Anti-Doping Rules 2011 and the ITU Anti-Doping Program have been confirmed by WADA as being fully compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code.
2. Increased and efficient Out-Of-Competition Testing.
The use of prohibited methods and substances by athletes of all sports is pervasive and troubling. Triathlon is also affected by the pervasiveness of drugs As shown by yearly statistics, ITU athletes have for the most part respected their engagements as athletes, under ITU Regulations and the World Code, ITU is acting with ANADO to substantially increase its OOCT testing based on reasoned and efficient test distribution planning. In fact, the test distribution plan shall ensure that this year, every female and male included in the ITU’s registered testing pool will be tested at least once, with no advance notice, out-of-competition.
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 has also increased the requirements for In Competition testing as well. Many of the top athletes, including random selections are tested after ITU events. ITU has had In Competition testing as a condition of the World Cup and Continental Cup contracts but with the increased prize money and exposure of the Dextro Energy Triathlon - ITU World Championship Series, the ITU recognizes the need for increased number of In Competition tests as well. Therefore, they have increased the number of tests that must be performed after these races. The number of tests (both urine and blood) will depend on the level of event (World Championship, World Cup, Continental Championship or Continental Cup.)
4. National Federations Testing
It is the responsibility of each National Federation to ensure that all national-level Testing on the 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 NFs 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.
All National Federations are required to submit the results of their testing. This information must include at minimum:
- Athlete’s name, nationality and date of birth
- Athlete’s age category and event
- Copy of a national level TUE where relevant
Further, for all national level cases, within 3 months, the ITU must be provided with:
- A confirmation that the NF have begun their own results management/hearing process
- Prompt updates on the status of the case
- A written, reasoned decision once the national level hearing is complete
Also, all National Federations and Event Organisers are reminded that they must send all Anti-Doping documentation to ITU so that ITU can keep an accurate record of the tests that have been completed. This includes all negative and Adverse Analytical Findings (AAF) as well as positive tests.
ITU is increasingly committed to ensure that all athletes, at all levels, are educated on the dangers of using drugs – for their health, their athlete status, their national pride, their reputations and ultimately, their legacy. Therefore, the ITU is enhancing its focus on education. Notably, ITU is proud to have launched the WADA Outreach Model at its 2009 Dextro Energy Triathlon – ITU World Championship Grand Final Gold Coast, and have continued to utilize the model at other competitions, including the Grand Final in Budapest in 2010. We will also actively engage member federations in the dissemination of materials to athletes at all levels; increase the information links on our ITU website and weekly information in the ITU Family Newsletter (Regulations, WADA materials, as well as other various anti-doping resources); 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.
Although ITU is investing and actively engaging itself in the fight against doping, we strongly believe that everyone involved in triathlon has a part to play in eradicating the use of drugs 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.