Positive doping case at the FIFA World Youth Championship 2003 in the United Arab Emirates: the urine sample submitted by Alexander Walke, the goalkeeper of the German U-20 national team, has revealed traces of tetrahydrocannabinol (carboxy-THC), a cannabis metabolite. A concentration of 34.9 nanograms/millilitre was discovered in his sample, whereas the limit is just 15 nanograms/millilitre. The urine sample was tested at the IOC-accredited laboratory in Lausanne, Switzerland.

FIFA immediately informed the German Football Association (DFB) and the player himself about this finding. Both the DFB and Walke have refused the right to have a B sample tested. Walke played in all three group games of the German team and was tested after the match against the USA on 2 December. Germany failed to qualify from the group stages, finishing fourth in their group behind the USA, Paraguay and Korea Republic.

FIFA General Secretary Urs Linsi, who arrived in the UAE on Sunday to follow the action in person, said: “This is the first positive doping case in a FIFA competition for nigh on 10 years and it is highly unfortunate that such a young player has tested positive.“

As a precautionary measure, the chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has suspended Alexander Walke from all national and international matches until further notice. In accordance with the provisions for individual case management, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee will now deal with this case within the next 30 days.

FIFA COMMUNICATIONS DIVISIONZurich / Abu Dhabi, 9 December 20032003-0133-Dopingpositive-U20-E