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FAI condemns the use by athletes, in the misguided belief that they improve performance in the air, of substances banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Such substances may degrade pilot performance and compromise flight safety. The activities, defined as "doping", are contrary to the FAI's principles of fair play, and are potentially damaging to athletes' health and safety.

The FAI General Conference in Krakow, Poland, on 12 November 2003, endorsed the World Anti-Doping Code. In taking this decision the General Conference agreed that FAI, as an International Federation, should comply with the WADA Anti-Doping Code and accepted obligations which are additional to those required of national bodies and sports agencies. Without this commitment official Government support and subsidies could not be given anymore to FAI sports and NACs, including the right of nations to host FAI World Championships.

Following adoption in 2003 by the FAI General Conference of the World Anti-Doping Code, the FAI Air Sport General Commission (CASI) approved appropriate changes to the FAI General Section. The FAI is committed to a programme of anti-doping.

Anti-Doping procedures incorporate two core testing methods: In-Competition and Out-of-Competition Tests. The purpose of the testing is to identify those who cheat by trying to illegally improve their performance. The concern about cheating is especially true for those sports where muscle strength and endurance is a major factor in success. However, the analysis of samples conducted by the accredited laboratories is an all-or-nothing process, designed to detect all substances on the WADA Prohibited List regardless of the sport that the individual athlete practices.

The FAI Anti-Doping Rules  are designed to implement FAI's responsibilities under the World Anti-Doping Code. They reflect FAI's determination to ensure that there is no doping in air sports. Athletes accept these rules as a condition of participation in air sports.

FAI Anti-Doping programme seeks to preserve what is intrinsically valuable about sport. This intrinsic value is sometimes referred to as "the spirit of sport". This spirit of sport is characterised by such positive elements as:

  • Ethics, fair play and honesty
  • Respect for rules and laws
  • Respect for self and other participants
  • Dedication and commitment
  • Community and solidarity
  • Excellence in performance
  • Character and education
  • Excitement and pleasure

The information on this website is intended as an abbreviated guide, the complete FAI Anti-Doping Rules and Procedures are available by clicking the link below. Note that FAI uses the WADA list of prohibited substances valid at the moment of testing.

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