The International Testing Agency is set to operate the anti-doping programme at the Birmingham 2022 World Games ©ITA

The International World Games Association (IWGA) has entrusted the management of its anti-doping programme at the World Games 2022 to the International Testing Agency (ITA).

The ITA was selected after conducting a successful programme at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and also being enlisted for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

It will work with the Birmingham Organising Committee to establish a dedicated anti-doping function and will liaise with the function to implement the anti-doping measures at the competition.

Prior to Birmingham 2022, the ITA plans to prepare a comprehensive risk assessment, identifying potential problems across all participating sports.

The body is also set to develop a sample retention strategy for the IWGA so that samples collected before and during the World Games can be securely stored and re-analysed at a later moment in time.

"We are extremely pleased to collaborate with The World Games and the Birmingham Organising Committee – this partnership shows that the world’s leading major event organisers see the value of ITA’s expertise and independence in leading high-quality anti-doping programs," said ITA director general Benjamin Cohen.

The International Testing Agency is set to develop a system for the World Games 2022 whereby samples can be re-analysed at any time ©Getty Images
The International Testing Agency is set to develop a system for the World Games 2022 whereby samples can be re-analysed at any time ©Getty Images

"We are already collaborating with over two-thirds of the International Federations that will participate in the event in Birmingham; this brings a very valuable amount of know-how and sports-specific experience to the table for preparing and rolling out the clean-sport activities for The World Games.

"As always, the protection of clean athletes and their right to participate in fair competitions will be guiding our work for this event, and we are also very pleased to be able to make contact with them through a dedicated education program.

"We are ready and extremely motivated to contribute to a successful next edition of The World Games that will benefit the entire international sports community."

The ITA is expected to deliver an education program for athletes participating, aiming at raising awareness about the doping control process through clean-sport training workshops.

Additionally, it is set to provide online and on-site training sessions for doping control personnel tasked with collecting samples during the event.

The Birmingham 2022 World Games is due to feature approximately 3,600 athletes from more than 100 countries, with the event spanning from July 7 to 17.