Admin l Wednesday, February 14, 2018
LAUSANNE, Switzerland – The International Olympic Committee (IOC)has appointed Benjamin Cohen as its Director General of the International Testing Agency (ITA) as a step forward in becoming operational.
Cohen is the current Director of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) European Regional Office and International Federations Relations. Benjamin Cohen is from Switzerland. He will provide doping controls and other services to International Federations (IFs) and Major Event Organisations (MEOs).
Prior to joining WADA, Cohen held various roles in the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), in the United Nations Office of Sport for Development and Peace in New York, and within the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). He is regularly appointed as a guest speaker and expert in task forces and commissions at the United Nations, the European Commission, the Council of Europe, the IOC and IFs. Cohen teaches dispute resolution and international sports governance in various universities worldwide, and is also President of the Legal Commission for the International League against Racism (Switzerland).
The ITA is an independent not-for-profit Swiss foundation. It will provide anti-doping services to those IFs and MEOs that wish to delegate their anti-doping programmes to a body that operates independently from sports organisations and national interests.
The Doping-Free Sport Unit (DFSU) of the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) will remain intact and become the operational nucleus of the ITA, ensuring the staff expertise required to provide anti-doping services under its new, independent governance structure. At the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, the IOC is working with the GAISF DFSU to ensure that there is an independent overview of the anti-doping programme.