POSTED: July 10th 2017

Olympics: IOC EB focuses on drug testing in the lead up to PyeongChang 2018

The IOC Executive Board meeting at the Lausanne Palace © IOC
The IOC Executive Board meeting at the Lausanne Palace © IOC

IOC President Thomas Bach © IOC
IOC President Thomas Bach © IOC

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board (EB) meeting in Lausanne confirmed that the establishment of the Independent Testing Authority (ITA), has gone forward and the EB approved its business model. 

The ITA is an independent non-for-profit Swiss Foundation that will provide doping control services to International Federations (IFs) and Major Event Organisations (MEOs) to reinforce World Anti-Doping Code in an autonomous and harmonized manner.

IOC Medical and Scientific Director Dr. Richard Budgett explained to the press that the ITA is set to be in place prior to the PyeongChang 2018 winter Olympics taking place in Korea in February of next year. And it will be responsible for doping control however sanctioning will fall under the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) at PyeongChang 2018, as was with Rio 2016 last year.

Another point that was approved by the board was the IOC Needle Policy and the IOC Policy regarding certain National Olympic Committee's (NOCs) Scientific and Medical Equipment for PyeongChang 2018.

Five athletes change nationality prior to the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic winter Games:  

Ms Ekaterina Avvakumova (biathlon), from Russia to Korea;

Mr Florent Claude (biathlon), from France to Belgium;

Mr Tomaz Druml (skiing / Nordic Combined), from Austria to Slovenia;

Mr Timofei Lapshin (biathlon), from Russia to Korea; and

Mr Steven Theolier (skiing  / alpine skiing), from France to the Netherlands.

Dr. Jacques Rogge steps down from UN post

IOC Honorary President Dr. Jacques Rogge for personal reasons did not renew his mandate as special envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Youth, Refugees and Sport, which ended on 30 June.

However the IOC remains committed to the very successful refugee program that launched at Rio 2016 and talks are in the works for a potential Refugee Olympic Team for Tokyo 2020, and it is reinforcing its efforts with the United Nations, in particular with UNHCR in refugee camps around the world. 

The NOC of Qatar threw its support behind the IOC refugee programs together with the NOC and government of Liechtenstein and a number of others may join them as talks are proceeding.

Olympic Coaches

The EB also supports the establishment of IOC Coaches Lifetime Achievement Awards as proposed by the IOC Athletes' Entourage Commission.

The award will recognize one retired female coach and one retired male coach who have "outstanding achievements and contribution to an athletes' life of coaches to athletes' life and the Olympic Movement".

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-six years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency.

Keywords · Olympics · IOC · PyeongChang 2018

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