At least 19 doping control staff to serve at 2019 Winter Universiade in Russia

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KRASNOYARSK, February 28. /TASS/. At least 19 doping control staff will be on duty during the 2019 FISU Winter Universiade, which kicks off this weekend in Russia’s Krasnoyarsk, the Independent Testing Authority (ITA) announced to TASS on Thursday.

On January 16, the International University Sports Federation (FISU) signed an agreement with the ITA on cooperation in the sphere of doping control at the 2019 Winter Universiade.

Asked by a TASS correspondent about the number of doping officers to be involved at the 2019 Universiade, the ITA press service replied “Number of employees: 3 ITA employees, plus 16 Doping Control Officers.”

The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Executive Board announced at its session on March 16, 2017 a decision to set up the Independent Testing Authority (ITA), which among other issues deals with the development of individual doping testing. The ITA is chaired by ex-sports minister of France Valerie Fourneyron.

The Russian Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, which has a population of over one million, was elected to host the 2019 Winter Universiade at the session of the FISU Executive Committee in Brussels in 2013. The event is scheduled for March 2-12, 2019.

The Winter Universiade is an international sporting and cultural festival which is staged every two years in a different city. The name of the international sports event is a combination of two words, which are ‘University’ and ‘Olympiad.’

It is only second to the Olympic Games. The program of the Winter Universiade currently includes 6 compulsory sports (8 compulsory disciplines) and up to 3 optional sports chosen by the host country.

The 2019 Winter Universiade in Krasnoyarsk offers 76 sets of medals in 11 sports competitions, which are Alpine Skiing, Curling, Biathlon, Figure Skating, Cross-Country Skiing, Ice Hockey, Snowboard, Short Track Speed Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Bandy and Ski Orienteering.

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