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FIFA to conduct random doping test for each World Cup player; could have in-match water breaks

Feb 17, 2014, 11:14 PM EDT

Dvorak, Chief Medical Officer of FIFA poses for photographers as he presents a ball during news conference in Crans Montana Reuters

If you’re playing in the World Cup, you’re going to get drug tested.

That’s the message from FIFA chief medical officer Jiri Dvorak to participants in this summer’s tournament in Brazil, and he says players could be tested as soon as the upcoming early March friendlies.

“We will test all teams and all players between the first of March and the kick off, unannounced, at least once,” Dvorak said.

“From now on every player competing in the FIFA World Cup Brazil could be tested at least once, at any time, in any part of the world.”

FIFA has a massive crew for the fight against doping, so it’s no surprise to see them take such a vocal stance and thorough approach to testing.

Dvorak also said that FIFA is not overly-concerned with the potential for extreme heat during the Brazil tournament. He says officials will decide whether in-game water breaks will be needed before each individual match kicks off.

“We don’t think the conditions in Brazil will be as difficult as people are saying,” he said. “We can introduce extra water breaks and provide players with cold towels where necessary, but that’s a medical decision that will be judged on a case by case basis, before each game, by our team of health professionals.”

  1. the0verheadwire - Feb 18, 2014 at 3:30 AM

    Way to announce it now so you make sure the dopers stop doping in time for testing. In Track and Field, you are subject to random drug testing year round, which means that the people that collect samples can come to your church on a sunday morning and watch you pee. I’ve heard of some awkward times they showed up on friends, but it also means you have a cleaner sport. Announcing the window doesn’t really seem to me like they really want to clean it up if it is happening.

    • bostonredsoccer - Feb 18, 2014 at 11:40 AM

      Cycling has the same year-round, unannounced protocol, and Lance Armstrong used to avoid the tests by not answering the door.

    • talgrath - Feb 19, 2014 at 2:25 AM

      You do realize urine tests really aren’t that conclusive, right? Honestly the only real way to test is to use blood testing, but even that might not be conclusive for drugs that clear the system in 24-48 hours unless randomly conducted.

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