FIFA to introduce biological profiling
Football’s world governing body, FIFA, has set its sight on introducing biological profiling at this year’s FIFA Confederations Cup as well as the World Cup in 2014 which will both be held in Brazil.
The initiative has been proposed in a bid to enhance FIFA’s anti-doping measures. FIFA has also planned to include a steroid profile through urine and a blood profile alongside the anti-doping measures. Random in-and-out of field tests are to be carried out for members who participate in both tournaments.
FIFA and WADA (World Anti Doping Agency) are developing a hormonal profiling project which is a new initiative in collaboration with an accredited laboratory in Switzerland.
Dr Michel D’Hooghe FIFA’s medical committee chairman stated that FIFA would be spending US$2.5 million in the fight against doping.
Last week WADA officials called on FIFA to raise its game against doping, amid concerns that the sport wasn’t doing enough to combat the threat.