Fifa’s anti-doping maintaining high standard

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FIFA’S anti-doping protocols at the Under-20 Women’s World Cup have run smoothly with random tests and a 24-hour turn around on analysis ensuring a level playing field for all teams involved.
A Fifa spokesperson confirmed that two randomly selected players from each side were tested immediately after each match.
“We can inform you that two players from each team will be tested at each match in accordance with the Fifa anti-doping regulations.
The players to be tested are drawn by lots. There are no out-of-competition doping controls,“ the spokesperson said.
Fifa directly handles the antidoping programmes for all its major competitions and sets the anti-doping regulations that apply to all football competitions worldwide.
The soccer’s governing body introduced doping controls in 1966 and is one of the most consistent and stringent testers in world sport.
“We are conducting urine samples at the group matches and quarterfinals, and as from the semi finals we carry out blood tests.
“The samples are getting analysed in the World Anti-Doping Agencyaccredited laboratory in Sydney and the turn-around time for the samples is 24 hours from receipt in the laboratory,” the spokseperson added.
She said all samples returned had been clean. “So far, all samples have been negative. The results have been made available in the 24 hours upon receipt of the samples at the laboratory however other the samples which will be analysed for EPO (Erythropoietin) which is one sample per match.”
Other than performance enhancing drugs such as anabolic steroids and other related substances (stimulants and masking agents), Fifa also tests for illicit drugs such as narcotics and cannbinoids.

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