Statement on WADA’s withdrawal of alcohol from banned substances list

Following the World Anti-Doping Agency’s publishing of the 2018 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods and withdrawal of alcohol from the list, World Archery Secretary General Tom Dielen issued the following statement:

“World Archery regrets this decision since the federation feels that all three necessary criteria are fulfilled to ban this substance in competition. World Archery intends to continue to ban alcohol and will look to adopt the necessary rules at its next Executive Board meeting on 12 October.” 

“We hope that, at the national level, this will increase the number of tests for alcohol since, in the past, some National Anti-Doping Agencies have refused to test for the substance.”

“A study in the 1980s by World Archery’s medical committee demonstrated alcohol’s performance enhancing effect on the sport. Research will be done to re-affirm these results.”

“World Archery is committed to maintaining a clean sport and that includes a ban on the use of alcohol in competition.”

WADA released the 2018 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods on 29 September 2017.

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