FIFA to Conduct Drug Tests on World Cup Players

FIFA to Conduct Drug Tests on World Cup Players

Friday, June 6, 2014 6:29 pm

World football’s governing body FIFA will conduct tests for banned substances on each of the footballers representing the 32 nations at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil starting on June 12.

In a statement on the FIFA website, blood samples will be taken from all 736 footballers at the mundial after a match and would be sent to a FIFA-accredited laboratory in Lausanne, Switzerland for testing.

The drugs’ tests will be done in Switzerland after a laboratory in Brazilian city Rio de Janeiro was stripped by FIFA due to repeated errors in test results from there.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter also assured the test samples will get to Switzerland 33 hours after being collated from Brazil, in order for results to be ready before a tested player’s next match.

The last time a player tested positive for a banned substance at the World Cup was at the 1994 in the United States when Argentina legend Diego Maradona was sent home for using five types of the stimulant ephedrine.

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