Introductory Letter to Archers Doping Cordinator

Introductory Letter to Archers from the Coordinator of Doping Control/Education


Dear Archers,

I would like to introduce myself and offer my assistance as the Archery Canada Tir à l'Arc Coordinator of Doping Control/Education. I am Nancy Littke and, as a member of the FITA Medical and Sports Science Committee, have been involved in this aspect of the sport for over 20 years.  I also have experience as a member of the Canadian Archery Team in the late 1970’s and was involved in the National Coaching program in the early 1980’s.  The role of Coordinator of Doping Control/Education is new to the High Performance program and has been initiated to assist you with understanding and navigating the world of anti-doping programs both nationally and internationally.

In the fall of 2009, I circulated a survey to members of the National Teams and the Coaches involved with this group.  I really appreciate the time many of you took to complete the survey and provide the information I need to support you in this role.  I would like to assure you that, where feasible, we are addressing the issues and concerns you have identified.  Unfortunately, some of those issues, such as the ease of use of the ADAMS system, may be beyond my control, but I am working with FITA in trying to make their webpage easier to use and the information as current and understandable as possible.

One of my first projects will be to update the anti-doping section of the FCA webpage.  It is very sadly out of date and therefore of little value to members.  This will be completed in the next few weeks and you will be notified when the new page is updated.  There is a tremendous amount of information and educational media available from various stakeholders so the new page will include links to sites that will answer your questions and concerns.

As competitive athletes, it is your responsibility to ensure you are informed, understand and follow the rules in place to support the ideal of Clean Sport and that you are aware of the substances that are prohibited in all sports and specifically in Archery.  For example, you will be tested for alcohol is prohibited at Archery competitions if selected for testing.  Beta –blockers are also prohibited in many sports including Archery and will be tested for.   See the link to FITA to view the full prohibited substance list.

However, I realize that many of you are training and competing in Team Trials, National competitions and some International events and need access to this information immediately.  I will therefore include an FAQ document and links to some of the more valuable sites with this email.  I hope this also deals with some of your concerns identified in the surveys.

I am available at this email address to answer any other questions you may have.  I may not have all the answers but I will make every effort to find the information you require in a timely manner.   Please feel free to contact me at:

Yours in Archery,

Nancy Littke

Coordinator of Doping Control/Education



IMPORTANT LINKS - The main page of the Canadian Center for Excellence in Sport and a wonderful resource.  Especially view the information related to Sample collection procedures (including a video), the full list of substances, the substance classification booklet that gives you the Canadian Brand Names for substances of concern and current advisory notices posted by the CCES.  Please see the two most recent advisory notes attached at the end of this email. - FITA website – look under Clean Sport for current rules related to Therapeutic Use exemptions and Declarations of Use.  These are forms you will need if you are using substances that are medically required but on the WADA (World Anti-Doping Association) list.  You will have to access the ADAMS system to submit either of these forms.  You will also find a link to the WADA (World Anti-doping Association) prohibited substance list.  Please see the attached summary of the process required at various levels for TUE’s

E-Learning: Accessible anytime, anywhere, this convenient online course provides the most current anti-doping information and references. This resource is available simply by requesting an access code from

Advisory notices on Asthma medication and cough/cold medications using Pseudoephedrine.


Therapeutic Use Exemption Flow Diagram