7/12/2018 8:47:42 PM (GMT+3)

FIFA doping tests at Russia World Cup yield negative results

FIFA doping tests at Russia World Cup yield negative results

MOSCOW: FIFA announced on Thursday all doping tests conducted before and during the World Cup have yielded negative results

The testing programme in place this year was the largest-ever conducted for a World Cup. Once all of the qualified teams for the final competition were known, FIFA developed a test distribution plan (TDP) based on an analysis of doping risks for football.

The TDP was shared and agreed with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and consisted of a dynamic, intelligence-based testing programme.

FIFA established a preliminary testing pool of more than 1,500 players.

In addition to the tests directly conducted by FIFA, each national anti-doping organisations (NADOs) and the respective confederations were contacted to seek their assistance in testing the athletes in the lead-up to the tournament. This close cooperation with other testing agencies allowed a significant increase in the number of tests on participating players.

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’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.