Jiri Dvorak, FIFA’s media officer has announced that football’s governing body is adopting a new strategy aimed at combating drug cheats in football. The new plans were revealed on the federation’s official website. “The fight against doping has intensified over the last 10 to 15 years,” he said. “The increase of simple sampling procedures both in and out of competition controls does not stop some athletes to continue with doping strategies.
Dvorak said “We have decided that we will examine all participating players in the preparation period between now and the World Cup at least once and then we will perform routine procedures during the World Cup. We will examine blood and urine and we will compare”. FIFA’s highest-profile drug indictment at international level remains Diego Maradona, which ruled him out of the 1994 World Cup.
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