The FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia has been an absolute dope free World Cup.
The world governing body for football, FIFA has confirmed that with the mere two games – the final and the third position playoff – to go, “so far, the analyses of all doping tests conducted before and during the competition have yielded negative results”.
The absolutely dope free FIFA World Cup is a big boost to the sport of football. The FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia has seen the largest ever dope testing programme for the football World Cup finals. Once the teams for the final competition were known, FIFA developed a test distribution plan (TDP) based on an analysis of doping risks for football. The TDP was shared and agreed with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and consisted of a dynamic, intelligence-based testing programme.
FIFA had established a preliminary testing pool of more than 1,500 potential participants at the World Cup 2018. In addition to the tests directly conducted by FIFA, support was also sought from national anti-doping organisations (NADOs) and the respective confederations to test the players in the lead-up to the tournament.
FIFA has tested every participating players for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The tests were conducted in unannounced controls before the competition and further systematic tests were performed with post-match controls and also on non-match days.
Since January 2018, a total of 2,037 tests by FIFA, NADOs and confederations have produced 3,985 samples – 1,928 urine, 1,031 whole blood and 1,026 serum. Of these, 2,761 samples were collected directly by FIFA in unannounced controls prior to the competition and 626 during it (including 108 collected on non-match days).
On average, every player from the four remaining teams has been tested 4.41 times since January, with some of them tested eight times.
Only 1 of the player was in possession of a therapeutic use exemption for the substance detected and that did not amount to any violations.
All samples collected will be stored for ten years and be available for potential future retesting.