The International Testing Agency (ITA) is expanding its scope. It has announced the signing of cooperation agreements with two new anti-doping organizations, in Central Asia (RADOCA) and in the Pan-American area (PAN RADO). These are the first two agreements signed by the ITA with regional anti-doping organizations (RADO). The common objectives are to facilitate the sharing of information and intelligence, to plan doping controls more effectively in both regions, and to collaborate in the area of anti-doping education. RADOCA is responsible for the promotion and coordination of clean sport efforts for eight Central Asian countries: Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Its headquarters are located in Almaty, Kazakhstan. PAN RADO, based in Panama, was created in 2015 to lead the anti-doping efforts of its member countries Belize, Bolivia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Puerto Rico. As a reminder, the International ORAD program was created in 2004 by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). It currently has 12 regional organizations, including 119 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and Oceania.
— Published 7 April 2023