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Football - 12. September 2007.

No positive tests among players ahead of FIFA Women’s World Cup 2007

 This was announced today (11 September) at a joint FIFA/WADA media briefing with Professor Jiri Dvorak, FIFA's chief medical officer, and WADA Director General David Howman prior to the match between England and Japan (2-2) at the Shanghai Hongkou Stadium.

"The number of pre-competition tests for the FIFA Women's World Cup was determined using international standards. Furthermore, FIFA will continue to base its anti-doping strategy not only on testing, but also on comprehensive educational and prevention initiatives," said Professor Jiri Dvorak.

With regard to blood testing, FIFA's chief medical officer explained: "We will not conduct blood tests as there are no further results that would provide us with additional indications. To do so, we would need to collect comparable blueprint data from all of the players over a certain period of time," said Dvorak, before WADA Director Howman added: "Together with FIFA, we are now working on developing a so-called athletic passport to be able to collect this personal hormone profile and other blood parameters to enhance testing and get really valuable information for detecting modifications through doping. I would also like to thank FIFA for this opportunity to join them here at a major sports event in China in the build-up to the Olympic Games next year, which is very important for our planning. We have an excellent cooperation in developing a true partnership with FIFA and working hand-in-hand in the fight against doping."

David Howman is currently in China at FIFA's invitation in order to observe the anti-doping procedures during the flagship women's football competition, which kicked off in Shanghai on 10 September and will culminate after 32 matches on 30 September. Throughout the FIFA Women's World Cup 2007, urine samples from two players per team will be tested after each match, with all samples evaluated at the WADA-certified laboratory in Beijing.

In 1970, FIFA became one of the first sports federations to introduce doping control tests. Many of the research activities conducted by the FIFA Medical Assessment and Research Centre, a body founded in 1994, are aimed at gaining more knowledge of doping substances and methods, improving methods of detection and working on the list of prohibited substances. World football's governing body bases its ongoing fight against doping on facts and consequently meets its obligation to safeguard the physical and mental health of players, to guarantee equal opportunities and to uphold the game's sporting spirit.

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