Archery reinforces the fight against doping and aims to protect the environment.
Among many important decisions, these two issues were discussed at the FITA Council Meeting that was held in the Olympic Capital on 4 to 6 December 1999. The Chairmen of the Permanent Committee, including two Olympic Champions - the chairmen of the Competitors and the Coaches Committees - were present to discuss the goals of their respective field for the upcoming year. The need to establish a doping education programme in order to create awareness has been emphasised. The out of competitions tests will be reinforced and a program will be implemented where tests will be performed during 2000 and leading to the Olympic Games. The Competitors Committee requested that more doping tests be carried out. The Chairman of the FITA Committee for the Environment reported on the Rio de Janeiro (BRA) IOC Conference for the Environment he attended. Council adopted a decision to have smoke-free championships for the athletes, officials and spectators. The protection of the environment has been added to the goals of FITA. Sandrine Blatter, FITA Press Officer Wednesday, 08 December 1999