FIFA and WADA hand in hand in the fight against doping
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FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter and WADA President John Fahey have signed a letter of intent in order to further strengthen cooperation between the two organisations in the fight against doping. The agreement was reached at the Home of FIFA today (29 February) following a meeting in which the revised version of the World Anti-Doping Code and the UNESCO Convention were also discussed and during which FIFA expressed its satisfaction at the inclusion of more flexibility for sanctions in the revised code.

"FIFA and WADA share the common objective of fighting doping and we will continue to do so through all possible means," said the FIFA President. "With this close and excellent cooperation between us, I am certain that we will be able to safeguard this objective," he added.

"WADA values its partnership with FIFA and respects the very valuable work done to date by the FIFA Medical Committee, including research and education programmes in particular," commented the WADA President. "We look forward to working together as we continue to address the fight against doping in sport," he concluded.

According to the terms of the letter of intent, FIFA has declared its unconditional support for WADA in the fight against doping and agreed to do its utmost to ensure that the relevant bodies within FIFA ratify the World Anti-Doping Code Version 3.0, whereas WADA has declared its respect for the specificity of team sports as compared to individual sports, with ongoing discussions regarding whereabouts information and testing pools for teams.

The letter of intent, which has come into force with immediate effect following the historic signing ceremony, will be valid until FIFA has formally signed the Code Version 3.0.