Appeal to All National Federations to Sign MoU with IADO

Chairman of PBVSI and Chairman of IADO shaked hand after signing the MoU. Source: IADO.

Jakarta, 15 August 2023

IADO and PBVSI (Indonesian Volleyball Federation) just signed a MoU on Anti-Doping Activity. The related agreement was signed by Chairman of PBVSI Commissioner General of Police (Retired) Imam Sudjarwo and Chairman of IADO Gatot S. Dewa Broto on August 15th, 2023 in Jakarta after the session of the inauguration ceremony of the board of management of PBVSI. Mr. Imam Sudjarwo was reelected for his third term. IADO congratulated the reinaugurated Mr. Imam Sudjarwo by wishing PBVSI could keep its commitment to anti-doping principle. The inauguration itself was done by the Chairman of KONI (National Olympic Committe of Indonesia) Leutenan General of TNI (Retired) Marciano Norman, and also attended by the Minister of Youth and Sports Mr. Dito Ariotedjo.
IADO always expresses its appreciation to all National Federations which have shown their commitment to fulfil all regulations related to any doping prevention stipulated on the World Anti-Doping Code and all other related regulations determined by WADA as well as all other regulations designated by IADO. The reality has been indicated not only the very limited number of athletes suspected to use prohibited substances since the last 2 years (except there were 5 athletes indicating doping on the 2021 National Sports Games / PON in Papua and there was an athlete violating the anti-doping rule on the 2021 National Paralympic Games in Papua too). IADO has tried to comply with any regulations of WADA, whose purpose is not only to encourage Indonesia to comply with all regulations of WADA, it also intends to encourage all of national sports stakeholders in Indonesia to have strong commitment to prevent any use and or behavior which could be regarded to violate anti-doping regulations.

As an information, based on Article 2 of the World Anti-Doping Code, doping is not only an identical act of consuming prohibited substance, these are also the other violations such as the following ones:

  1. Use or attempted use by an athlete of a prohibited substance or a prohibited method.
  2. Evading, refusing or failing to submit to sample collection by an athlete.
  3. Whereabouts failures by an athlete.
  4. Tampering or attempted tampering with any part of doping control by an athlete or other person.
  5. Possession of a prohibited substance or a prohibited method by an athlete or athlete support person.
  6. Trafficking or attempted trafficking in any prohibited substance or prohibited method by an athlete or other person.
  7. Administration or attempted administration by an athlete or other person to any athlete in-competition of any prohibited substance or prohibited method, or administration or attempted administration to any athlete out-of-competition of any prohibited substance or any prohibited method that is prohibited out-of-competition.
  8. Complicity or attempted complicity by an athlete or other person.
  9. Prohibited association by an athlete or other person.
  10. Acts by an athlete or other person to discourage or retaliate against reporting to authorities.

IADO and all NADO (National Anti-Doping Organization) as well as international sport federations over the world have been weekly monitored and controlled by WADA on their own commitment and compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code. Consequently, IADO has worked hard to comply with the Code, because any significant mistake which is regarded to violate the Code would have an impact to the suspension imposed by WADA as it unfortunately occurred on October 2016 to February 2017 and also on October 2021 to February 2022. Furthermore, IADO and all national sports stakeholders in Indonesia wish similar sanction could not repeat any more, for any related-sanction could have an effect to any cancellation of international sport event organized in Indonesia or prohibition to a national flag raising whenever any Indonesian team to be the winner overseas. On the basis of the audit activities by WADA conducted on April 27th and 28th, 2023 at IADO’s office, it has shown among others that compliance level committed by most of national federations in Indonesia to engage on MoU with IADO to be considered slightly low. Such level has contributed to put negative record (considered less compliant) on the view of WADA (it is less properly compared to the number of national federations to be members of KONI / National Sports Committee of Indonesia consisting of 64 organizations and members of NOC of Indonesia consisting of 61 organizations). Certain sport organizations and national federations which are bound by agreement with IADO are as follows:

  1. KONI (National Sports Committee of Indonesia).
  2. KOI  (National Olympic Committee of Indonesia).
  3. NPC (National Paralympic Committee of Indonesia).
  4. PSSI (Football Association of Indonesia).
  5. PASI (Athletics Federation of Indonesia).
  6. PERPANI (Indonesia Archery Association).
  7. PRSI (Indonesian Swimming Association).
  8. PABSI (Indonesian Weightlifting Association).
  9. FPTI (Indonesian Climbing Federation).
  10. PERBASI (Indonesian Basketball Association).
  11. WI (Indonesian Wushu Association).
  12. PRUI (Indonesian Rugby Football Union).
    The additional progress since the mount of August 2023:
  13. PODSI (Indonesian Rowing Association).
  14. ISSI (Indonesia Cycling Federation).
  15. PBVSI (Indonesian Volleyball Federation).

For any national federations which are not mentioned on the above-mentioned list could be stated as those which have not been tied to MoU with IADO.

It is already mentioned on Article 20.3 of the Code on Roles and Responsibilities of International Federation, which among others states that the roles and responsibilities of International Federation are as follows:

  • 20.3.1   To adopt    and implement   anti-doping policies and rules which conform with the Code and International Standards.
  • 20.3.2   To require,      as a condition     of membership,   that the policies, rules and programs of their National Federations and other members are in compliance with the Code and the International Standards, and to take appropriate action to enforce such compliance; areas of compliance shall include but not be limited to: (i) requiring that their National Federations conduct Testing only under the documented authority of their International Federation and use their National Anti-Doping Organization or other Sample collection authority to collect Samples in compliance with the International Standard for Testing and Investigations; (ii) requiring that their National Federations recognize the authority of the National Anti-Doping Organization in their country in accordance with Article 5.2.1 and assist as appropriate with the National Anti-Doping Organization’s implementation of the national Testing program for their sport; (iii) requiring that their National Federations analyse all Samples collected using a WADA-accredited or WADA-approved laboratory in accordance with Article 6.1; and (iv) requiring that any national level anti-doping rule violation cases discovered by their National Federations are adjudicated by an Operationally Independent hearing panel in accordance with Article 8.1 and the International Standard for Results Management.

Accordingly, each national federation is mandatory to implement their obligations as these are imposed by their related-international federations on compliance with their national anti-doping regulations. In addition, based on the following experiences and witnesses raised by certain national federation in Indonesia, which have been tied to MoU with IADO:

  1. MoU is actually compiled by taking into account the principle of equal treatment, egalitarian, and mutual respect for each other. On this context, IADO cannot impose any certain sanction separately which does not refer to the Code and its related-regulation. 
  2. Generally, there is something which is sometimes questioned by national federation on the proposed MoU dealing with Article 2 of point (b) stating as follows: THE SECOND PARTY shall provide information to THE FIRST PARTY on financial condition and other incentive provided to a certain athlete in accordance to the national financial assistance. IADO has taken such article referring to the following article only mentioned in International Standard for Testing and Investigations (ISTI), on Article 4.2 on Risk Assessment, in particular on point (4.2.1) mentioning: “The starting point of the Test Distribution Plan shall be a considered Risk Assessment, conducted in good faith. This assessment shall take into account (at a minimum) the following information:  …. (c) he rewards and/or potential incentives for doping available at the different levels of the sport(s)/sport discipline (s).  
  3. On this release, IADO is very pleased to inform that IADO is not on its capacity to take responsibility like PPATK (Indonesian Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Center / INTRAC) whose duty is among others to be responsible for financial intelligence. However, in case there is any athlete violating anti-doping regulations, in accordance with WADA regulations, it is possible to have financial data on its investigation process according to ISTI as far as it is instructed by WADA.

As a conclusion, IADO is very pleased to appeal all national federations which have not been tied to MoU with IADO to do it immediately, compliance indication which is mandatory to execute by each NADO does not only its compliance shown by its athlete and or ASP (Athlete Support Personnel), but these shall also be shown by its–related NADO and all national sports stakeholders in complying with good governance and anti-doping regulations.      
If allowed, technical procedure and signing of MoU would have been arranged on the basis of so possible, simple arrangement without reducing substance and legality of MoU. Those procedures are as follows:

  1. Technical, detailed discussion of any proposed MoU conducted by its own legal persons.
  2. The signing of MoU could be managed thought the following options:
    a. To be done simply at IADO’s office or office of related-national federation;
    b. To be done separately / through correspondence mechanism in which IADO could sign it first and it should then be submitted to any a national federation or otherwise; or
    c. The signing could be inserted into a certain ceremony organized by IADO or the related National Federation.

Jakarta, 15 August 2023

Chairman of IADO
Gatot S. Dewa Broto

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