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FIFA has said it plans to introduce biological profiling of players at this year’s Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil as it aims to enhance its anti-doping measures.

FIFA has said it plans to introduce biological profiling of players at this year’s Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil as it aims to enhance its anti-doping measures.

World football’s governing body said it is developing plans to introduce “this new tool”, including a steroid profile through urine and a blood profile. In- and out-of-competition tests would be conducted on all participating players at its showpiece tournaments in Brazil. FIFA started a pilot project in 2011 to capture players’ individual steroid profile, with in- and out-of-competition tests on the participants at the Club World Cup. FIFA said 178 out-of-competition tests were conducted on this occasion in 2011 and 184 in 2012. Furthermore, the organisation is currently developing a hormonal profiling project, a new initiative in collaboration with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)-accredited laboratory in Switzerland.

Chairman of FIFA’s Medical Committee, Dr Michel D’Hooghe, said: “In 2014, the year of the FIFA World Cup, we will be spending US$2.5 million in the fight against doping. FIFA was the first international organisation for team sport to start with longitudinal profiles. We have been testing this at the FIFA Club World Cup in 2011 and 2012, we will continue at the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 with blood testing unannounced at training camps and games. And it’s our commitment to have all players participating at the 2014 FIFA World Cup having biological profiles.”

FIFA’s action comes after WADA last week called on football to raise its game in the fight against doping, amid concerns that the sport isn’t doing enough to combat the threat. WADA president John Fahey staged a meeting with FIFA counterpart Sepp Blatter on Thursday. Commenting on FIFA’s announcement, Fahey said: “There is always more which can be done in the fight against doping, but we know FIFA has always been serious in this domain. We think the leagues can complement what FIFA is already doing, but we came here to thank FIFA for its collaboration.”

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