The International Federation of Muaythai Associations (IFMA), a proud WADA signatory, is pleased to share the release of WADA’s Independent Observer (IO) team report evaluating the anti-doping program implemented during the 2023 European Games held in Kraków, Poland, from 21 June to 2 July 2023.
IFMA’s commitment to maintaining the highest standards of integrity and fairness in sport is reflected in its collaboration with WADA’s IO program. Through this initiative, IFMA ensures comprehensive oversight of anti-doping measures at major events, including the prestigious European Games where muaythai made its debut on the official sport program.
The anti-doping program for the 2023 European Games was overseen by the International Testing Agency (ITA) on behalf of the European Olympic Committees (EOC), with invaluable support from the Polish Anti-Doping Agency (POLADA) and the local organizing committee. WADA’s IO team worked closely with these organizations to enhance the effectiveness and integrity of the anti-doping program.
The esteemed members of WADA’s IO team for the 2023 European Games included:
- Stefan Trinks (Germany), Head of Testing, National Anti-Doping Agency Germany (Chair);
- Olympia Karavasili (Greece), IFMA Deputy Director, Stakeholder Engagement and Partnerships (Vice-Chair and Manager);
- Ivan Ćosić (Croatia), World ParaVolley Athlete Representative and IFMA Athlete Council member; and
- Ruta Banyte (Lithuania), Director, Lithuanian Antidoping Agency.
Mr. Trinks, leading WADA’s Independent Observer team, expressed gratitude for the collaborative efforts of the European Olympic Committees, the International Testing Agency, and the Polish Anti-Doping Agency, acknowledging their significant contributions to the success of the anti-doping program. He also commended the dedication of the staff and volunteers whose efforts were pivotal in delivering the program.
The WADA IO team meticulously reviewed all facets of the anti-doping program at the European Games, including test distribution planning, sample collection procedures, and results management. Alongside highlighting the program’s strengths, the report provides valuable recommendations and best practices for future editions of the European Games and other major events, ensuring continuous improvement in anti-doping efforts.
IFMA remains steadfast in its commitment to upholding the principles of clean sport and looks forward to further collaboration with WADA and its stakeholders to safeguard the integrity of muaythai competitions worldwide.