What's buzzing:

FIFA commits to blood testing at 2014 World Cup

Goal.com
Blatter: Euro 2020 lacks heart and soul
.

View photo

Blatter: Euro 2020 lacks heart and soul

FIFA has committed to using biological profiling and blood tests at both the 2014 World Cup and this year's Confederations Cup as part of a renewed effort to combat doping in the sport.

President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), John Fahey, claimed earlier this week that the game was not doing enough to test for the blood-boosting agent EPO, a commonly-used doping agent in sport, after it was revealed that only one in four players is given a blood test during World Cup qualifiers.

After meeting with FIFA president Sepp Blatter earlier this week to discuss the problem, Fahey revealed the commitment made by the sport's governing body, and praised its willingness to take action against the problem.

"We are very interested in continuing the work on biological profiles," Fahey told reporters. "WADA is very satisfied with the commitment of FIFA on the biological profiles, which will be run not only at the World Cup in 2014 but already at the Confederations Cup in June this year.

"There is always more which can be done in the fight against doping, but we know FIFA has always been serious in this domain. We think the leagues can complement what FIFA is already doing, but we came here to thank FIFA for its collaboration."

FIFA medical committee chairman Michael D'Hooge confirmed the level of testing that will take place, stating,  "In 2014, the year of the FIFA World Cup, we will be spending $2.5 million in the fight against doping. FIFA was the first international organization for team sport to start with longitudinal profiles.

"We have been testing this at the FIFA Club World Cup in 2011 and 2012, we will continue at the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 with blood testing unannounced at training camps and games."

Follow GOAL.COM on Twitter

View Comments (0)
  • Ex-France coach Raymond Domenech says he’s ‘dreamed’ of managing Ireland

    Ex-France coach Raymond Domenech says he’s ‘dreamed’ of managing Ireland

    “They drink with them, they party with them, they fight (on the field) and once it’s finished, they go home.” … More »

    TheJournal.ie - 56 minutes ago
  • Allegri angry after Juventus let Roma off the hook

    Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri left the Stadio Olimpico pitch in angry mood after seeing his team squander a one-goal lead against 10 men in their 1-1 draw at AS Roma on Monday. Juventus were poised to open up a 12-point lead over their … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 8 minutes ago
  • Manchester United-Newcastle United Preview

    Newcastle United expect to be sternly tested as they host Manchester United at St James' Park on Wednesday evening. John Carver's Newcastle (9-8-10) have lost just one of their last five league games to pull a comfortable 13 points clear of the … More »

    AP - Sports - 1 hour 10 minutes ago
  • Arsenal-Queens Park Rangers Preview

    Queen's Park Rangers appear to be in big trouble heading into their clash with Arsenal at Loftus Road on Wednesday evening. Chris Ramsey's QPR (6-4-16) were beaten 2-1 by follow relegation battlers Hull City last time out and go into Wednesday's … More »

    AP - Sports - 1 hour 29 minutes ago
  • Keita gives 10-man Roma bad-tempered draw with Juve

    Keita gives 10-man Roma bad-tempered draw with Juve

    Seydou Keita cancelled out a superb Carlos Tevez free kick as second-placed AS Roma fought back with 10 men for a fiery 1-1 draw at home to leaders Juventus who stayed on course for a fourth successive Serie A title on Monday. Tevez gave Juventus … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 59 minutes ago