Meeting in Miami discusses anti-doping at the Copa America

The Copa America Centenario 2016 Medical and Anti-Doping Committee met with experts from the FIFA Medicine & Science Department and UEFA in Miami on Friday 29 April for a workshop to finalise a unified and consistent structure for anti-doping policies and procedures to be used during the historic tournament.

Dr Osvaldo Pangrazio, chairman of the committee, led the workshop along with co-chairman Dr Bert Mandelbaum and U.S. Soccer Medical Coordinator Hughie O’Malley. Medical experts and doctors from all the participating venues were in attendance, along with five members of the CONCACAF anti-doping committee and five from CONMEBOL.

The Committee presented information regarding anti-doping measures for the tournament; educating each of the venue medical teams about the specific process for testing during the event.

Earlier in the year, an agreement between CONCACAF, CONMEBOL and FIFA was reached to bring together the medical teams from the two regional governing bodies for the 100th anniversary of the Copa America, which will be played outside of South America for the first time.