Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
FIFA today announced that the analyses of all doping tests conducted for the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 have yielded negative results. FIFA set up the largest anti-doping programme ever conducted for the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017, including pre-competition and in-competition testing through blood and urine. As part of this strategy, all participating players were tested through blood and urine in unannounced controls and, additionally, two players per team were tested by FIFA anti-doping officers after each of the competition’s 16 matches.
Overall, there were a total of 379 tests and 854 player samples (362 urine, 248 serum and 244 blood) were collected, in some cases in collaboration with the confederations and national anti-doping organisations for the pre-competition controls. Out of the total tests, 239 were done directly by FIFA, 175 of them out of competition and 64 in competition. All samples collected were analysed at WADA-accredited laboratories, with most of the analyses –particularly all of the samples collected during the competition – done at the laboratory in Lausanne, Switzerland.
In addition to specific drug testing, the results of the different analyses have been included in the athletes’ passports together with tests from previous FIFA competitions as well as other international events such as the UEFA Champions League and national competitions. The Athlete Passport Management Unit (APMU) has reviewed the data of all participating players and did not detect any deviations that may indicate an abuse of performance-enhancing drugs.
• This media release was originally published by the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) on 24 July 2017. To access the original, please click here.
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