The Global Association of International Sports Federations has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Testing Agency.
The agreement will involve GAISF promoting and supporting the role played by the ITA across sport, including employing the ITA as its doping controls partner at future multi-sport games.
The ITA will work with GAISF members on their implementation of the 2021 revision of the World Anti-Doping Code, offering legal advice and conducting anti-doping education sessions for federations and their members at GAISF events.
GAISF’s own Doping-Free Sport Unit provided the operational nucleus for the ITA when it was formed back in early 2018, with the two having retained close relations since. The latest formalisation of their cooperation reaffirms GAISF’s stance to clean sporting competition.
Dr Valérie Fourneyron, chair of the ITA, said: “It is very encouraging to see an organisation such as GAISF, which represents so many International Federations, putting anti-doping at the forefront of its commitment to international sport. Keeping sport real is very much a mission that requires strong partnerships and I look forward to the many benefits this MoU with GAISF will bring to the athletes and the sport movement as a whole.”
Raffaele Chili, president of GAISF, added that “clean sport is an ethos we live by at GAISF and we strive to promote this message to all of our International Federations all over the world”.