20 April 2009

Clarification following WADA-FIFA Meeting on Anti-Doping Regulations

Following a number of questions received by WADA in relation to misleading reports in the public domain, WADA wishes to clarify that the Agency has not altered in any way its global anti-doping rules, and in particular whereabouts requirements for top elite athletes under the 2009 World Anti-Doping Code. Consequently, all team sport athletes, including footballers, must comply with these rules like athletes in individual sports.

Under the 2009 International Standard for Testing, which was unanimously approved in May 2008 by WADA’s Executive Committee (including representatives of International Sports Federations), the limited number of top elite athletes included in an International Federation or National Anti-Doping Organization registered testing pool must indicate one hour a day during which they can be tested at a specified location.

During its meeting with FIFA on April 8, WADA reiterated that the revised Standard (2009 Standard) provides team sports with the opportunity of submitting the whereabouts of their relevant athletes on a collective basis as part of team activities. This specific point was the result of requests from and extensive consultation with team sports, including FIFA, as part of the revision of the Code that took place from 2006 to 2008.