The International Affiliation of Blended Martial Arts (GAMMA) has introduced a “multi-year” contract with the Worldwide Testing Company (ITA) to handle its anti-doping programme.
The GAMMA stated the deal – which has an extension possibility – was a part of its purpose to grow to be compliant with World Anti-Doping Company (WADA) rules.
The organisation is a rival to the Worldwide Blended Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF), which launched authorized motion in opposition to WADA after its bid to grow to be a World Anti-Doping Code signatory was rejected and is struggling to achieve recognition from the International Affiliation of Worldwide Sports activities Federations (GAISF).
In response to the GAMMA, the ITA will oversee its anti-doping programme, together with in-competition testing, outcomes administration, therapeutic use exemptions, threat evaluation and test-distribution planning.
The ITA can be anticipated to assist replace GAMMA anti-doping guidelines, making certain they observe WADA’s insurance policies, and roll out an schooling programme for athletes.
“By signing the settlement we present that the game of MMA welcomes an impartial physique for doping controls and sanctioning,” stated GAMMA President Alexander Engelhardt.
“With the ITA settlement, GAMMA can make sure the independency of this system, however extra importantly, it reveals its dedication to battle in opposition to doping.
“By means of ITA now we have the best stage of experience on clear sport out there.
“This is step one to facilitate synergies with different combined martial arts promotions to advertise harmonised anti-doping efforts underneath the ITA umbrella.”
The ITA feels the settlement alerts the GAMMA’s intention to grow to be a World Anti-Doping Code signatory.
The GAMMA is subsequently more likely to be assessed by WADA and a signatory professional group.
The drug-testing umbrella physique stated it might even be “attentive” to any future WADA selections remodeled the GAMMA’s signatory standing.
“The ITA has a broad experience in managing anti-doping programmes for fight sports activities,” stated Benjamin Cohen, director common of the ITA.
“As a part of our mandate to battle doping independently, we stand able to help any organisation with its anti-doping efforts.
“We stay up for helping GAMMA and offering them with the wanted experience and independence to ascertain a sturdy anti-doping programme.”