Press releases 9th July 2019

FIL and the International Testing Agency Announce Global Anti-Doping Partnership

The International Luge Federation (FIL) and International Testing Agency (ITA) are pleased to announce that they have entered into a partnership relating to the management by the ITA of FIL’s anti-doping Program, effective immediately. Under this Agreement valid, the ITA will manage all aspects of FIL’s anti-doping program.

FIL will, however, continue to deliver anti-doping education to its national associations and athletes and will delegate to the ITA on a case by case basis the management of alleged anti-doping rule violations. FIL will also continue to administer its long term storage & reanalysis policy. This partnership is a very important step in FIL’s anti-doping efforts and marks a decisive stance in support of clean sport.

“The ITA is grateful for the trust placed in the ITA and will work hard to provide FIL with top-class services. FIL’s athletes and community should feel absolutely confident that all appropriate measures are taken to ensure that athletes can compete in a healthy and clean environment with fair competitions”, said ITA Director General Benjamin Cohen.

“We at the FIL are happy about the collaboration and our contract with the ITA. We trust the ITA’s expertise and we are certain that there can be no doubt about how seriously the FIL deals with its anti-doping matters. We look forward to the long-term professional handling of the FIL’s anti-doping matters through our collaboration with the ITA”, said FIL President Mr. Josef Fendt and FIL Secretary General Mr. Einars Fogelis. The ITA will implement on behalf of FIL a robust program in full compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code and ensure that intelligence-led testing efforts are applied throughout the period starting now all the way until the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

• This media release was originally published by the international luge federation (FIL) on 9 July 2019. Click here for the original.

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