Positive doping case at the FIFA World Youth Championship 2003 in the United Arab Emirates: the urine samples A and B submitted by Amir Azmy (No. 2) of the Egyptian Football Association have been analysed at the Laboratoire Suisse d’Analyse du Dopage (IOC-Accredited Laboratory) in Lausanne.

Both samples were found to contain nandrolone metabolites (anabolic steroids), which are listed as prohibited substances in the FIFA Doping Control Regulations.

FIFA immediately informed the Egyptian Football Association and the player, Amir Azmy, regarding these findings.

The urine samples (A & B) were obtained during the doping control procedure that took place following the group match between Egypt and Japan in Dubai on 5 December 2003. Egypt qualified for the round of 16 but subsequently lost in extra time (golden goal) against Argentina.

“This is the second positive case that has occurred during the FIFA World Youth Championship 2003 following the German goalkeeper, Alexander Walke, who tested positive for tetrahydrocannabinol (Carboxy-THC), a cannabis metabolite, and I am amazed, disappointed and sad,” said FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter.

As a precautionary measure, the chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has suspended Amir Azmy from all national and international matches until further notice. The FIFA Disciplinary Committee will now deal with both cases at their meeting in Zurich on 22 December.

FIFA COMMUNICATIONS DIVISIONZurich / Abu Dhabi, 12 December 20032003-0135-UAE-Doping-Azmy-E