The International Taekwondo Federation has been removed from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)’s non-compliant list, the agency announced yesterday following a vote by its executive committee.
Traditional taekwondo’s leading organization “made” the WADA’s non-compliant list last September for failing to complete and submit a Code Compliance questionnaire.
Here’s the full statement taken from WADA’s official website:
“The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announces that, following a circular vote of its Executive Committee (ExCo), the Agency has today removed the International Taekwondo Federation (ITF) from the list of Signatories that are non-compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code.
“The ITF was asserted non-compliant by WADA’s ExCo at its meeting of 23 September 2019, and this non-compliance became effective on 15 October 2019 after the ITF chose not to challenge the assertion of non-compliance, which was based on its failure to report to WADA on compliance by completing and submitting its Code Compliance Questionnaire (CCQ).
“Since then, the ITF has implemented the corrective measure required to address its non-compliance, namely the completion and submission of the CCQ to WADA. A Corrective Action Report will be issued shortly by WADA following the review of the responses provided in the CCQ and the federation will be advised that continued cooperation will be required in order to maintain its compliant status.
“[Please note that the ITF is not World Taekwondo, which is the Olympic federation for the sport of Taekwondo. ITF is a Signatory to the Code but is not recognized by the International Olympic Committee or the Global Association of International Sports Federations. There are currently three Code Signatory International Federations (IFs) for the sport of Taekwondo – World Taekwondo and two other IFs, both of which are called International Taekwondo Federation or ITF. The IF in this case is the ITF based in Austria. The two IFs called International Taekwondo Federation became Signatories to the Code prior to the adoption by WADA’s Executive Committee of a policy setting the conditions to be fulfilled by new organizations that wish to become Signatories.]“