The Global Association of Mixed Martial Arts (GAMMA) took another step towards WADA compliance with its new partnership with the International Testing Agency (ITA).
The multi-year agreement includes an education program for GAMMA athletes and managing the GAMMA anti-doping program, including In-competition testing, results management, Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE), Risk Assessment, Test Distribution Planning (TDP), and compliance management.
The ITA will also review and assist GAMMA update its anti-doping rules to ensure alignment with WADA policies.
“By signing the agreement we show that the sport of MMA welcomes an independent body for doping controls and sanctioning,” GAMMA president Alexander Engelhardt said in a press release. “With the ITA agreement, GAMMA can ensure the independency of the program, but more importantly, it shows its determination to fight against doping. Through ITA we have the highest level of expertise on clean sport available. This is the first step to facilitate synergies with other mixed martial arts promotions to promote harmonised anti-doping efforts under the ITA umbrella. Promotions have with the ITA – GAMMA agreement now a solution.”
“The ITA has a broad expertise in managing anti-doping programs for combat sports,” added ITA director Benjamin Cohen. “As part of our mandate to fight doping independently, we stand ready to support any organization with its anti-doping efforts. We look forward to assisting GAMMA and providing them with the needed expertise and independence to establish a robust anti-doping program.”
GAMMA is an non-profit organization founded in 2018 and backed by Asia’s ONE Championship to obtain international recognition for mixed martial arts as an Olympic sport, in order to give all amateur mixed martial artists the platform and opportunity to fulfill their dream of competing on the Olympic stage.
Financial terms were not disclosed.