There was an historic meeting on Friday 29 February 2008 at the Home of FIFA in Zurich. FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter and John Fahey, President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), agreed to work together even more closely and intensively on the fight against doping and signed a declaration of intent with that end in mind.
The signing was preceded by friendly discussions on topics including the reworked version of the World Anti-Doping Code, shared use of FIFA's 300-strong network of doping agents as well as other current FIFA endeavours in the world of football (over 25,000 tests are carried out each year).
After the discussions, Blatter and Fahey spoke at a press conference which was also attended by WADA Director General David Howman, Dr. Michel D'Hooghe, Chairperson of the FIFA Sports Medicine Committee and member of the FIFA Executive Committee and FIFA Chief Medical Officer Prof. Jiri Dvorak.
FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter:
"I am delighted that WADA President John Fahey has come here to the Home of FIFA. We had the opportunity to share our views. FIFA and WADA want to combat this scourge of the sport using every means available, and the signing of our letter of intent illustrates this. The new WADA Code will come into force on 1 January 2009, and at the FIFA Congress at the end of May in Sydney it will give us great pleasure to sign all of the documents and to definitively adopt the authentication of the new Code. The final details will be worked out definitively between now and then. With this, we want to show the world and the FIFA family that FIFA is committed to the fight against doping. I am delighted to sign this letter of intent on this historic day."
WADA President John Fahey:
"It gives me great pleasure to be here today to pay my respects to FIFA and to the FIFA President. We have heard what FIFA has already achieved in the fight against doping. FIFA takes the fight against doping and cheating very seriously. FIFA's tireless efforts are of great value to the work carried out by WADA. Today, we discussed various issues - we want to work together and exchange information in order to reach our common goals. We are very grateful and also pleased to sign the common letter of intent. FIFA can contribute a great deal to the fight against doping and is a great help to us in the pursuing of our aims."