International Triathlon Union institutes Athlete Biological Passport program
Posted Jul 28 2010 3:15pm
Wednesday, 28 July 2010--The International Triathlon Union today announced that it will
institute its own Athlete Biological Passport programme to ensure the
most solid testing programme possible, promoting the right of all ITU
athletes to fair and clean competitions. ITU is proud of being an
international sport federation which implements one of the most-advanced
anti-doping programme in the Olympic Movement, joining only a handful
of federations maintaining such a programme.
Developed by the World Anti-Doping Agency, the Athlete Biological
Passport reveals doping indirectly by monitoring selected biological
variables, in contrast with the traditional direct detection of doping.
“Biological monitoring throughout an athlete’s sporting career should
make any prohibited preparation far harder to implement,” according to
WADA. The operating guidelines were approved in December of 2009.
With the firm commitment to the fight against doping, ITU has been
investing substantial resources to its anti-doping mission. The ITU
Anti-Doping Regulations and the ITU Anti-Doping Program, which have all
been confirmed by WADA, are fully compliant with the World Anti-Doping
Code. As shown by annual statistics, ITU athletes have for the most part
respected their engagements as athletes to a fair and clean sport.
Establishing its own Athlete Biological Passport programme will further
reinforce ITU’s anti-doping initiatives and reaffirm ITU’s commitment to
clean and safe sport.
“We are delighted to mark this important step in the ITU’s fight
against doping initiatives,” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol
Casado. “Since its inception, ITU is increasingly committed to ensure
that athletes and everyone involved in triathlon play a part in
eradicating the use of drugs in sport. I believe this new programme will
further reinforce our commitment, letting the sport and its athletes
stay clean and healthy.”
“WADA commends the ITU for its decision to implement a longitudinal
follow-up program,” said WADA’s Director General David Howman. “The
Athlete Biological Passport adds a powerful tool to support the fight
against doping in sport. Coupled with other strategies, it makes
prohibited preparations harder to implement by those athletes who may
take the risk to cheat. We know that the effects of some substances
remain detectable in the body longer than the substances themselves. The
Athlete Biological Passport Model allows the anti-doping community to
exploit this reality through a similar approach to that used in forensic