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BIOLOGICAL PASSPORT REGIME: FIFA to Introduce the New Doping Test At Confederations Cup 2013


WADA President, John Fahey and FIFA President, Sepp Blatter,


FIFA has announced its plan to bring in 'Biological Profiles' following discussion between Sepp Blatter, FIFA president, and his World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) counterpart, John Fahey, on thursday, February 14, 2013.

The Profiles test, similar to Biological Passport used within Cycling, will first be introduced at June's Confederation's Cup - a warm up tournament for the 2014 World cup, both to be held in Brazil.

Biological Profiles are built up by collating a player's drug test result over time, there fore making it easier to detect differences which could indicate the use of a banned substance.

The move comes in the wake of 'Operation Puerto trial' underway in spain. Following an investigation which began in 2006, into the wide spread doping network operated by Dr. Eufemiano Fuentes.


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Dr. Eufemiano Fuentes
And last week the world was stunned by an Australia government report which alleged many professional athletes are using forbidden drugs often supplied by organized crime groups.

These performance enhancement drugs are prepared in such a way that it could not easily be detected by simple culturing of the blood sample - hence, the biological profile method.

Football players will now face a more systematic regime of drug testing, at every FIFA organized tournament - starting from the Confederations Cup this year 2013.

FIFA medical committee chairman, Dr Michel D'Hooghe, said: "We have been testing different drug regime in FIFA competitions and we will continue at the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 with blood testing unannounced at training camps and games. And it's our commitment to have all players participate at FIFA World cup having biological profiles."

The move is part of a global sports battle to crack down on drug cheats in the wake of recent doping scandals, which football players were not exempted.

"We are very interested in continuing the biological profile," Fahey said in a FIFA statement released on Friday, February 15, 2013."

"WADA is very satisfied with the commitment of FIFA on the biological profiles, which will be run not only at the FIFA World cup in 2014, but already is in motion for the FIFA Confederations cup in June this year."

Fahey concluded by saying: "I would like  to see particularly team sports, take up the athlete's biological passport. There is absolutely no reason why not in the major codes of football, and in the major sporting events right throughout the world. That will do a lot to stamp out doping in sports."

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