FIFA World Cup 2018: No Player Tested Positive Before and During the Event, Confirms FIFA
There have been no positive results from over 3,000 anti-doping tests carried out before and during the FIFA World Cup 2018, the governing body has confirmed on Thursday.
FIFA collected 2,761 samples prior to the tournament.
FIFA collected 2,761 samples prior to the tournament and another 626 during it, including 108 collected on non-matchdays.
Fédération Internationale de Football Association released a statement,
“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.”
“It features a haematological module [through blood] and a steroidal module. 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 World Cup.”
For this year’s tournament, every participating player got tested in unannounced controls before the competition. And, further systematic tests have been performed during it, both with postmatch controls and on non-matchdays.
On average, every player from the four remaining teams has been tested 4.41 times since January. 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 before the determination of an adverse analytical finding. All samples collected will be stored for ten years and be available for potential future retesting.
Saif Ahmed Chowdhury
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