— Published 17 February 2023

FIVB joins the movement

A great catch for the ITA. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that it had signed a cooperation agreement with the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB). Under the terms of the agreement, the body chaired by Brazilian Ary Graça will delegate its entire anti-doping programme from January 2023 onwards, but will retain results management of any potential violations. This first contract between the ITA and the FIVB runs until the end of 2025, with a possibility of renewal for its extension. It provides that the ITA will now take over the entire testing programme, both in and out of competition, the administration of athlete biological passports (ABP), the processing of Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs), and the long-term storage of samples. With this new agreement, the ITA now manages the anti-doping programme of more than 60 international sporting bodies, including two-thirds of the summer Olympic sports.