FIFA and the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) met yesterday at the Home of FIFA in Zurich to discuss new strategies in the fight against doping in sport. The Chairman of the FIFA Medical Committee Dr D'Hooghe and FIFA Chief Medical Officer Prof. Dvorak, among others, had a fruitful working session with a WADA delegation, which included its Director General David Howman.

One of the main items of the discussion was the Third Draft of the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code, especially the issues of sanctions and testing authorities, which were resolved with satisfaction from both parties. WADA acknowledged the input from FIFA legal and anti-doping departments and the Code will take into account the different particularities of team sports and individual sports.

The new Code will be due for approval at the World Conference on Doping in Sport in Johannesburg in November where FIFA will be represented. If the revised Code will be approved by the WADA Foundation Board, it will come into force on 1 January 2015.

Another important point of the discussion was the correlation of the respective anti-doping statistics of WADA and FIFA. FIFA stressed the new improved presentation of WADA statistics while WADA expressed satisfaction with the numbers of testing carried out directly by FIFA and in football in general. “The anti-doping agency also acknowledged the pilot implementation of the biological profile at the recent FIFA Confederations Cup”, said Prof. Dvorak.

The meeting was also the occasion to introduce a new FIFA initiative. “WADA welcomed the idea of a consensus conference on the topic “Time has come to change the strategy of the fight against doping in sport”, said Prof. Dvorak. “WADA was invited and confirmed that it will participate”. The conference will be jointly organised by medical representatives of international team sports federations, the IOC and the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) on 29-30 November 2013 at the Home of FIFA in Zürich.

“The meeting was very constructive and clearly showed the best intention of both WADA and FIFA to collaborate in the fight against doping”, concluded Dr D’Hooghe.