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Keeping Air Sports Free of Doping
The FAI played an active part in the recent World Conference
on Doping in Sport, working to ensure that air sports remain free of this
objectionable form of cheating, which also constitutes a threat to flight
safety. The FAI community will soon be invited to adopt the new World Anti-Doping
Agency’s (WADA) Code, replacing the Olympic Movement Code which FAI competitors
have had to follow until now.
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World Conference on Doping in Sport
The World Conference on Doping in Sport, held in Copenhagen
from 3 - 5 March 2003, was attended by over 1000 delegates from governments,
national anti-doping organisations, Olympic Committees, and international
federations. Many governments were represented at ministerial level. The
Conference accepted the new World Anti-Doping Code (may be down-loaded at
A Universal and Effective Anti-Doping Regime
This Code aims at achieving a universal and effective anti-doping
regime, applicable to all sports throughout the world. The Conference was
widely seen as marking an historical turning point in the fight
against doping in sport. Conference participants undertook
to try and obtain agreement from their respective organisations to enable
the Code to be formally signed and implemented by mid-2004. The text of
the resolution adopted by the Conference is at
Governments will use statutory
instruments of various kinds to give legal force to the Code in their countries.
The International and National Olympic Committees will withdraw financial
and other support from any federations that refuse to comply with the Code.
The final text of the Code met most of the earlier concerns raised by international
federations, including FAI. There is now a new, clearer definition of what
constitutes « Doping ». There is provision for Therapeutic Use Exemptions
(TUE), in cases where athletes have no option but to take substances on
the banned list, for medical reasons. And it is left to FAI to decide what
should happen, in team events, if an individual team member violates the
Competitors' Personal Responsibility
Unchanged is the principle of « strict liability ». This
means that it is the personal responsibility of each international air sport
competitor to ensure that no prohibited substance enters his / her body.
It is not necessary for intent, fault, negligence or knowing use to be proven
for a violation to occur.
The current (Olympic) list of prohibited substances is at
This list will be replaced by the new WADA list in due course.
FAI Approval of Code
The FAI General Conference in Krakow in October
2003 will be invited to adopt the World Anti-Doping Code.
Meanwhile, those who wish to learn more about WADA's campaign against
doping in sport may wish to look at
True Game, a program specially
developed by WADA.
Lausanne, 12 March 2003
The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), the world
air sports federation, was founded in 1905. It is a non-governmental
and non-profit making international organisation with the basic aim of
furthering aeronautical and astronautical activities worldwide. Ever growing,
FAI is now an organisation of some 100 member countries. FAI activities
include the establishment of rules for the control and certification of
world aeronautical and astronautical records. FAI establishes regulations
for air sporting events which are organised by member countries throughout
the world. In achieving these goals, FAI brings together people who take
part in air sports from all over the world.
This is a News release from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale:
FAI - The World Air Sports Federation.
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