Ref. n.500/06 - Presidents of European Archery Federation
Roma, September 21, 2006 c.c. EMAU Council Members
Re: European Outdoor Championship 2006
After the European Outdoor Championship organized in Athens by the Hellenic Federation, I wish, on behalf of EMAU, to apologize for the badly Championship.
As you most probably know, some athletes sent a detailed report on the Championship in which they complained about many issues such as transportation, food, scheduling, ceremonies, etc., but the more serious situation is that no doping control was done. This was a clear violation of the FITA Rule 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124, which clearly state that Doping control is mandatory at these events.
Now we must find a solution to give again credibility to the Championship and to face some justified criticism from FITA , WADA and IOC. I'll inform you soonest about our solution to solve the problem.
In meantime I would like to inform you that in future, EMAU Council will be more careful in studying bid documents and assigning EMAU events to Federations.
I hope we can now continue again to further promote enthusiastically our sport in Europe and the bad experience of Athens might soon be put ad acta.