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NEW DOPING CONTROL FOR 2018 OLYMPICS
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The International Olympic Committee Executive Board has approved plans for an Independent Testing Authority for Pyeongchang.


It will cover all aspects of doping control at major events and is to be set up by the Winter Olympics Games next year in Pyeongchang.

Following the release of the McLaren Report releasing evidence of Russian doping at the 2014 Winter Olympics, the ITA is desperate to tackle the problem of doping in sport.
 
International Federations and event organisers are currently responsible for drug testing but the aim is for this body to take over.

It will involve:
  • In and out of competition testing
  • Failed tests management
  • Theraputic use exemptions
  • Athlete biological passport management
  • Appeal management
  • Sample storage & reanalysis

"This will be in place for the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, and if there are delays and this is not in place then the preliminary ITA will be there to make sure that doping control is independent of the IOC," IOC medical and scientific director, Richard Budgett, said.

The ITA will be based in Switzerland and is expected to be controlled by a small board of five individuals.

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