Wrestling to Join with Newly Formed International Testing Agency Through Tokyo 2020

By United World Wrestling Press

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY, Switzerland (September 18) – United World Wrestling’s bureau has agreed to sign with the International Testing Agency (ITA) to oversee and manage the sport’s anti-doping program.  Wrestling joins a growing list of International Federations who’ve signed with ITA in the past few months.

ITA will be in charge of wrestling’s entire anti-doping program, which includes in-competition and out-of-competition testing, results management including decision for positive tests, therapeutic use exemptions, and athlete education. United World Wrestling will remain responsible for being compliant to the WADA code.

“We are excited to join with the ITA to help ensure that our athletes have access to proper information about anti-doping policies and are ensured of clean competition,” said United World Wrestling president and IOC Executive board member Nenad Lalovic. “We believe the ITA will provide a good solution for wrestling by adding a number of excellent services to the organization.”

The ITA, which will take over all testing on January 1, 2018, recently old Inside the Games their mission was to restore confidence in the anti-doping system.

"We look forward to providing the global sport community and athletes with our expertise in clean sport," said the Foundation Board's President Valérie Fourneyron, the former French Sports Minister. "Our primary focus will be to regain trust by acting upon doping issues evenly across all sports worldwide."


WADA Launches ‘ALPHA’ and ‘Coach True’ Certifications for Wrestling Community

By United World Wrestling Press

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY, Switzerland (July 17) – Without opportunities to compete on the mat, hundreds of top wrestlers and coaches have made the best of their recent downtime and earned certificates delivered through the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) educational tools, ALPHA and CoachTrue.

These educational programs are made available to all athletes and coaches by WADA via the e-learning platform ADeL. The programs intend to provide education and information about the dangers of doping, and the importance of anti-doping controls. They also provide solutions for clean progression in sport rather than simply focusing on what is not allowed.

In the framework of its anti-doping education program, United World Wrestling selected 500 wrestlers from 50 countries and around 150 coaches from 41 countries via their national federations and requested them to complete these programs. Participants who complete all sections of the course, as well as the post-course and the final exam, earned a certificate from WADA.

The wrestlers included those who have already qualified a place for the 2020 Tokyo Games as well as several top-ranked Junior and Senior level wrestlers from countries with a higher risk of doping. That risk was based on an assessment which considered several factors (rank, track record of positives in a country, number of tests collected).

UWW will gradually request all wrestlers and coaches planning to enter a major event (Games, World Junior and Senior championships) to hold their respective certificate (or a recognized equivalent delivered by a National Anti-doping Organization) as a pre-requisite for attending. This has already been successfully implemented in past regional events.

The program also exists for medical professionals such as sports physicians, physiotherapists or sports nutritionists. UWW will extend the requirement to this population so that the athletes’ entourage become more knowledgeable and learn about their role in protecting clean sport.

UWW encourages all wrestlers and wrestlers’ entourage not yet selected to proactively take the course.

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