Ouest-France and Prolongation take you, through six new episodes, to the secrets of the international fight against doping. What methods, what strategies, what advances, what obstacles? For what results? Exclusively, the International Testing Agency (ITA) opened its doors to us, in Lausanne, Switzerland. Created in 2018 after the state doping scandal uncovered in Russia, the agency, which was supposed to end conflicts of interest, quickly made its mark. Today, fifth episode dedicated to cycling.
Looking towards football, tennis or athletics, to name a few, cycling is now part of a group of more than 20 international Olympic sports federations that have delegated almost all of their anti-doping program (except results management) to the International Testing Agency. (ITA), an independent structure created in 2018, based in Lausanne, financed by the sports movement (via the IOC and associated federations). A desire that coincided with the arrival of the Breton David Lappartient at its head and its general manager, Amina Lanaya. This is not about reviving an Armstrong scandal or even suspicions of collusion between cheaters and UCI members. “We could have died for this case. We have to be more white than white”Amina Lanaya had firmly declared to West of Francelast January.
13,000 tests per year carried out on a target group of 1,200 runners
For many months now, the ITA, with the support of the UCI, has been urging teams, race organizers and riders to significantly increase their contribution (an additional 2.5 million euros, i.e. 10 million in total, according to our information, of which 70% come from first and second division teams) in 2023 in the fight against doping. Among other objectives: develop intelligence techniques, which have proven effective as in Operation Aderlass (a dismantled multi-sport doping ring in Germany and Austria) ; increase the pressure through testing and analysis, especially out of competition, exceeding the current 13,000 tests carried out on a target group of around 1,200 runners; increase the number of samples stored for possible reanalysis; increase the number of reanalyses in samples of ten years (compared to the previous eight, duration arbitrated by the AMA and change made in 2015). Because all this has a cost.
An increase in resources put on the table that comes in a context that we hardly imagined possible, and that has also not escaped the Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC): while doping procedures revealed in sport are more numerous in 2022 , cycling has so far been spared this increase. “Within the professional road teams, doping cases are even non-existent in the first half of 2022. Unprecedented for nine years. None of the cyclists in question belongs to a professional road team.read their latest report in June.
The suspects only had a handful of cases to solve between January 1 and May 31. This context has also not escaped Olivier Banuls, now head of the ITA cycling unit, former director of the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF), the body in charge of the UCI since 2008 to manage its internal anti-doping system before his transfer. to the ITA on January 1, 2021, considered more powerful, but also completely independent. We hear it:…
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