No positives so far in World Cup testing
June 11, 2006
Germany (AP) -- FIFA's chief medical official
expects the World Cup to be drug free.
body conducted more than 125 tests in 24
international friendlies and all 32 training camps
before the tournament started last Friday, and
tested two players from each team in the opening
So far there have
been no positives, Dr. Jiri Dvorak said Sunday,
confirming that some of the sport's biggest stars
had been tested.
FIFA's doping test procedures in detail at a news
conference, saying he wanted to show the system
"We want to prove
there's no problem with doping or testing in
football," he said. "I get sick of being
criticized for something I think we do much better
than most" other sports.
Soccer last week
became the last of 28 Olympic sports to sign up to
the World Anti-Doping Agency's code, ending months
of debate over whether FIFA should agree to the
globally recognized minimum two-year ban for first
accepted the WADA guidelines, with the proviso it
could sanction on a case-by-case basis.
Dvorak said there
was "not a great magnitude" of
performance-enhancing drugs in soccer, with the
bulk of positives for recreational drugs.
He said there was a
15 percent increase in testing between 2004 and
2005 and a decrease in the number of positive
In 2004, FIFA
conducted 20,750 doping tests and had 88 positive
cases, including 13 for performance-enhancing
substances. Last year, 23,478 tests turned up 78
positive cases, including nine for
performance-enhancing substances like anabolic
"We're the world
leader in terms of the tests we carry out," Dvorak
said. "The big teams and the star players are
right behind (the testing) -- I don't think we'll
see any problems at the World Cup."