FIFA drug testing: All tested World Cup players clean
The FIFA World Cup is, quite literally, good clean fun. So far, after drug testing urine and blood samples from 800 of the sport’s players, not a single one has turned up positive. That number includes clean drug tests for 91 percent of the members of the preliminary squads for each team. Those squads comprise 30 members, but only 23 members of each team actually traveled to Brazil to compete. FIFA began conducting drug tests on those competing players during the first nine matches. Urine and blood samples are collected and sent to the World Anti-Doping Agency lab in Switzerland, after Brazil lost its lab accreditation in 2013. Despite being shipped from Rio de Janeiro, FIFA Chief Medical Officer Jiri Dvorak made a statement that “all samples arrived under 36 hours in Lausanne [Switzerland] and were processed within 24 hours.” Thirty-two teams, including one from host country Brazil, are participating in the World Cup, which began on June 12 and will continue through July 13. photo credit: CLF via photopin cc]]>
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