FIFA seeks anti-dope overhaul

FIFA (AFP)
FIFA (AFP)

Zurich - Football world governing body FIFA on Friday called for an overhaul in the approach to the fight against doping in sport.

Just two weeks after the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) conference in Johannesburg, FIFA held their own conference at the organisation's headquarters in Zurich.

And their conclusion was that the approach to anti-doping should be based on risk within individual sports rather than conformity across all sports.

"The management of risks should be based on the evaluation of risks," said FIFA's chief medical officer Jiri Dvorak, who claimed there was a huge difference between team sports and individual sports when it comes to doping.

That idea is backed up by WADA's statistics.

Of 274 000 dope tests in 2012, 1.2 percent gave abnormal results with 0.42 percent testing positive for anabolic steroids.

In 230 000 tests conducted in football from 2005 to 2013, the level of positive tests for such steroids was just 0.04 percent.

"In the World Cup, the last positive case is (Diego) Maradona in 1994," said Dvorak about the Argentine star's positive test for cocaine.

"Since we've been in the Olympic Games, there hasn't been a positive test in team sports, only individual sports... Those results speak for themselves."

According to Dvorak, the fight against doping in football is not cost effective.

"In football we have to spend $2.5m to catch one case of anabolic steroids. In sport in general, it's $250 000.

"The statistical evidence shows there's no need to increase testing."

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