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Thursday, September 24, 2020
Squash to Hand Over Anti-Doping Programme

The World Squash Federation (WSF) is set to hand over its entire anti-doping programme to the International Testing Agency (ITA) in January 2021, including its results management and its development of anti-doping education for its athletes.

This changeover will make WSF's anti-doping programme completely independent, with ITA being given the contract for the next four years.

ITA will now organise all testing activities for WSF in and out of competition and will also be responsible for WSF's whereabouts management - which requires athletes to inform testers of where they plan to be on a given day so not to avoid testing.

ITA will also oversee the Athlete Biological Passport administration and will verify and issue Therapeutic Use Exemptions, which allow athletes to use products for health reasons that could be considered prohibited otherwise.

A review of WSF's current anti-doping rules by the ITA will also ensure that its regulations are up to date with the 2021 World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code.

"We are very pleased and honoured to welcome World Squash in our organisation," said Benjamin Cohen, director-general of the ITA.

"Squash is a sport with a long university tradition and is now resolutely focused on bringing the sport to a much higher level together with the Professional Squash Association.
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