Drug Free FIFA World Cup

No pos­tive re­sults from over 3000 anti-dop­ing tests car­ried out dur­ing the tour­na­ment

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There have been no pos­i­tive re­sults from over 3000 anti-dop­ing tests car­ried out be­fore and dur­ing the World Cup, FIFA said on Thurs­day.

FIFA col­lected 2,761 sam­ples prior to the tour­na­ment and an­other 626 dur­ing it, in­clud­ing 108 col­lected on non-match­days, as part of the largest-ever World Cup test­ing pro­gramme.

“The reg­u­lar tests were com­ple­mented by FIFA’s use of the ath­lete bi­o­log­i­cal pass­port pro­gramme in WADA’s “ADAMS” sys­tem, un­der which all test re­sults, in­clud­ing those from con­fed­er­a­tions and NADOs col­lected at the main in­ter­na­tional foot­ball events as well as na­tional com­pe­ti­tions, are gath­ered in the ath­lete’s pass­port in ADAMS, which fea­tures a haema­to­log­i­cal mod­ule [through blood] and a steroidal mod­ule [through urine],” FIFA said in a state­ment.

“FIFA’s Ath­lete Pass­port Man­age­ment Unit, com­posed of in­de­pen­dent ex­perts, re­views the data of play­ers to de­tect po­ten­tial de­vi­a­tions that may in­di­cate an abuse of per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing drugs. This ap­plied to all par­tic­i­pat­ing play­ers at the FIFA World Cup.”

For this year’s tour­na­ment, ev­ery par­tic­i­pat­ing player was tested in unan­nounced con­trols be­fore the com­pe­ti­tion and fur­ther sys­tem­atic tests have been per­formed dur­ing it, both with post­match con­trols and on non­match­days.

Around 90 per­cent of all tests were tar­geted, based on a num­ber of cri­te­ria, in­clud­ing the rec­om­men­da­tions of the Ath­lete Pass­port Man­age­ment Unit, po­ten­tial in­juries suf­fered by the play­ers, per­for­mance data and the ath­letes’ test his­tory.

On av­er­age, ev­ery player from the four re­main­ing teams has been tested 4.41 times since Jan­uary, with some of them tested eight times.

There was one ad­verse an­a­lyt­i­cal find­ing but the player was in posses­sion of a ther­a­peu­tic use ex­emp­tion for the sub­stance de­tected.

There were also three atyp­i­cal find­ings. These oc­cur when a sam­ple re­quires fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the FIFA Anti-Dop­ing Unit prior to the de­ter­mi­na­tion of an ad­verse an­a­lyt­i­cal find­ing.

All sam­ples col­lected will be stored for 10 years and be avail­able for po­ten­tial fu­ture retest­ing.

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