After a pilot program that was first tested at the FIFA Club World Cup in 2011 and 2012, FIFA has started implementing the biological profile – considered to be the best method to detect the use of performance-enhancing drugs – at the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013. As a leading pioneer in this field, FIFA will continue developing this new strategy for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.
“The profile has two components: the haematological parameters, in blood, and the steroid profile, in urine,” said FIFA’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Jiri Dvorak. “The combination of the two gives a biological profile, a kind of genetic blueprint of the body, individual for each person. Results can be compared over time, and if they differ one can suspect a manipulation of the body.”
For the FIFA Confederations Cup, every player from all participating teams had to undergo blood and urine tests prior to the competition for the purpose of the biological profile. In addition, players remain subject to the routine in-competition anti-doping tests whereby two players per team are randomly tested at each match.
Next year, prior to Brazil 2014, all 32 participating teams will undergo the same procedure.
A video of the procedure, including doping tests of the Brazilian and Nigerian teams prior to the competition, is available for you to watch above.