We are delighted to confirm that we have entered into an agreement with the International Testing Agency (ITA) to operate an independent tribunal which will be available to determine first instance anti-doping matters for non-Olympic International Sport Federations or any other Anti-Doping Organisations (ADOs) wishing to make use of the tribunal.
The agreement is effective since January 2021 when the new World Anti-Doping Code came into force, and will enable International Federations (IFs) and ADOs to ensure that the right to a fair hearing is met, providing both institutional and operational independence at first instance in line with the new WADA International Standard for Results Management.
The International Hearing Panel will draw upon the expertise and experience of Sport Resolutions’ International Panel, from which panels will be constituted.
The IFs who select to use the International Hearing Panel will be joining a number of Regional Anti-Doping Organisations and IFs that have already decided to refer their matters to Sport Resolutions for independent adjudication.
Athletes involved in proceedings administered by Sport Resolutions will also have the ability to request legal advice and representation via its Pro Bono Service.
Sport Resolutions (SR) Chief Executive Richard Harry said:
“The ITA is playing a key role in providing independent doping control programmes and services for international federations and we are delighted to collaborate with them to deliver independence and expertise in the worldwide fight against doping. Independence, integrity and expertise are highly valued in our sector and Sport Resolutions is synonymous with these principles. With our highly regarded panel members and our proven experience of administering doping tribunal processes, we will ensure fairness to all parties involved.”
About the International Testing Agency (ITA):
The ITA is an international organisation constituted in the form of a non-profit foundation and based in Lausanne, Switzerland. The ITA was set up in 2018 at the initiative of the Olympic Movement and with the support of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). The ITA manages independent anti-doping programs on behalf of sporting authorities. It is currently leading anti-doping efforts for more than 45 organisations, including International Federations of Olympic sports and leading event organisers.