2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ – News – Results of the anti-doping testing programme for the 2018 FIFA World Cup

As the 2018 FIFA World Cup attracts to a detailed, FIFA can at this time announce that up to now, the analyses of all doping assessments performed earlier than and through the competitors have yielded adverse outcomes.

The testing programme in place this 12 months was the largest ever performed for a FIFA World Cup. Once all of the certified groups for the ultimate competitors have been identified, FIFA developed a take a look at distribution plan (TDP) primarily based on an evaluation of doping dangers for soccer. The TDP was shared and agreed with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and consisted of a dynamic, intelligence-primarily based testing programme. 

FIFA established a preliminary testing pool of greater than 1,500 gamers who have been potential members at the FIFA World Cup in Russia. In addition to the assessments instantly performed by FIFA, every nationwide anti-doping organisations (NADOs) and the respective confederations have been contacted to hunt their help in testing the athletes in the lead-as much as the match. This shut cooperation with different testing companies allowed a big enhance in the quantity of assessments on taking part gamers. 

The common assessments have been complemented by FIFA’s use of the athlete organic passport programme in WADA’s “ADAMS” system, below which all take a look at outcomes, together with these from confederations and NADOs collected at the fundamental worldwide soccer occasions in addition to nationwide competitions, are gathered in the athlete’s passport in ADAMS, which incorporates a haematological module (by way of blood) and a steroidal module (by way of urine). FIFA’s Athlete Passport Management Unit, composed of impartial consultants, critiques the information of gamers to detect potential deviations which will point out an abuse of efficiency-enhancing medicine. This utilized to all taking part gamers at the FIFA World Cup.

For the 2018 FIFA World Cup, each taking part participant was examined in unannounced controls earlier than the competitors and additional systematic assessments have been carried out throughout it, each with put up-match controls and on non-matchdays. With the goal of guaranteeing the most significant and intelligence-primarily based programme, 90% of all assessments have been focused. This concentrating on was primarily based on a quantity of standards, together with the suggestions of the Athlete Passport Management Unit, potential accidents suffered by the gamers, efficiency information and the athletes’ take a look at historical past.

The breakdown of take a look at figures in the lead-as much as and through the World Cup is as follows:

All samples collected have been analysed at WADA-accredited laboratories, with most of the analyses – significantly of all of the samples collected throughout the competitors – carried out at the laboratory in Lausanne, Switzerland. To guarantee a tamper-proof operation, FIFA transported all the samples in a safe field of a kind that’s usually utilized by banks to move cash and might solely be opened with an digital key.

In phrases of the substances analysed, past the routine screening procedures for prohibited substances, FIFA has set the bar considerably greater than the necessities of WADA’s Technical Document For Sport Specific Analysis**, for occasion by testing 100% of the respective samples for progress hormones (GHs) and “small peptides” (GHRFs).

All samples collected shall be saved for ten years and be obtainable for potential future retesting.

* An atypical discovering is a report from a WADA-accredited laboratory that requires additional investigation by the FIFA Anti-Doping Unit previous to the dedication of an adversarial analytical discovering. After the investigation has been accomplished, the participant, his membership, the affiliation involved and WADA shall be notified as as to whether or not the atypical discovering shall be introduced ahead as an adversarial analytical discovering.

** The WADA Technical Document for Sport Specific Analysis requires 10% GHs and 10% of GHRFs as minimal ranges of evaluation for soccer.

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