Global testing and certification programme Informed Sport has continued its support of the world’s anti-doping community by becoming a sponsor of the International Testing Agency’s (ITA) monthly education webinar series for athletes.
The ITA has a mission to offer comprehensive anti-doping services to international federations (IFs), major events Organisers, and all other anti-doping organisations requesting support.
Based in Lausanne, Switzerland, the ITA works with organisers of the Olympic Games, as well the UCI (International Cycling Union), AIBA (International Boxing Association, FIS (International Skiing Federation), WSF (World Squash Federation), FIH (International Hockey Federation), and many more.
In an effort to provide continuous anti-doping education during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, the ITA shifted its learning activities in 2020 from event-based education to virtual sessions.
Thousands of athletes, athlete support personnel, members of federations and medical staff from all over the world joined the webinars and contributed to discussions with the ITA education staff, guest athletes and expert voices.
Because new topics and questions emerged, the ITA will continue the series on a monthly basis throughout 2021, starting on January 28.
"The ITA webinar series is a great opportunity for the global anti-doping community to connect, learn and discuss key topics and important issues”, says Christine Girard, Olympic bronze and gold medalist in weightlifting.
“After sharing my story during the ITA webinar pilot series last year, I joined the ITA team as an ambassador and I am looking forward to delivering educational events once the pandemic is under control. In the meantime, it is important that we remain connected virtually and keep clean sport conversations going.”
Sponsoring this initiative is Informed Sport, which has been supporting athletes on the safe use of sports supplements since 2008. The collaboration between the ITA and Informed Sport will ensure professional delivery of the webinars throughout the year, helping provide athletes from all over the world with free access to high-quality anti-doping education.
Terence O’Rorke, Business Development Manager of LGC, sees a strong alignment between the objectives of Informed Sport and the ITA: “Informed Sport was created to help athletes manage the risks associated with supplements use, so we are delighted to support the ITA and its webinar series.
“We have a long and distinguished heritage in testing and anti-doping, and sponsorship of the ITA webinar series for athletes will help to further continue this. Supplements are a reality of modern sport at all levels, and through our agreement with the ITA we are looking to provide additional guidance to athletes on how to minimize any risks and improve decision making around supplements use.”
JOIN THE FIRST ITA WEBINAR OF 2021:
Thursday, 28 January 2021
“Set up for a successful year – Tips on navigating the anti-doping system”
Please register using this link.
You can view webinars that have already tsaken place on the ITA YouTube channel.
Links for all future webinars will be published on the ITA website.