ITU patners with CAS Anti-Doping Agency

The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has become the first international federation to partner with the newly created Anti-Doping Division of the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS).

| March 19, 2019 | NEWS

The ITU has partnered with a new agency to take on doping.

The ITU has partnered with a new agency to take on doping.

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The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has become the first sports federation to "delegate its first-instance authority to adjudicate alleged anti-doping rule violations and any sanctions" to the newly formed Anti-Doping Division of the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS).

"Say what?" you're likely asking.

The new Anti-Doping Division began operations on January 1, 2019. It takes over the responsibilities for sanctions from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which, along with international federations and other signatories of the World Anti-Doping Code, have delegated this new division as the first-instance authority to hear and decide anti-doping cases.

Basically. this new organization will be able to make appeals for drug cases fairer, quicker and cheaper (the CAS will "bear the cost of any cases heard by the division"), according to International Council for Arbritration in Sport president, John Coates.

"Its independence as an adjudicatory tribunal ensures a proper separation of powers from the Independent Testing Authority (ITA) and other testing and prosecutorial bodies," he said in a story posted on insidethegamesbiz.com in January. "It offers experienced anti-doping sole arbitrators at first instance with right of appeal, or as three person first and final panels if the parties agree to waive any appeal."

By signing up with the Anti-Doping Division, the ITU and its athletes will get "efficient and cost-effective resolution to any anti-doping disputes," says Ivo Eusebio, a retired judge from the Swiss Federal Tribunal and president of the CAS Anti-Doping Division.

"It is a really important move for ITU not only to guarantee the independance in all decisions related with anti-doping violations," says Anotnio Fernandez Arimany, ITU Secretary General.