POSTED: February 24th 2011

WADA note keeps FIFA happy in ongoing fight against doping in football

FIFA flagging up its anti-doping commitment / lake images
FIFA flagging up its anti-doping commitment / lake images

KEIR RADNEDGE / Sports Features Communications

LONDON/ZURICH, Feb 24: World football federation FIFA believes its testy relationship with the World Anti-Doping Agency could be improving after two years of  fencing over the implementation of the WADA code and its competitor reporting expectations.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has issued a statement displaying its satisfaction at a letter received from WADA which congratulates world football’s governing body for the results achieved by its anti-doping programme.

In the letter, WADA mentions that, in accordance with its reporting responsibilities, it will submit an official report on Code compliance to its Executive Committee and Foundation Board in November 2011. WADA adds that, in the lead-up to this official report, it considers FIFA’s anti-doping programme to be in line with the World Anti-Doping Code.

Blatter said: “It is very encouraging to see that our efforts in the fight against doping are recognised by WADA. We remain fully committed to sustaining our anti-doping programme and will endeavour to ensure that it continues to be successful.”

WADA directors, while unhappy at the history of its sparring with FIFA, has always been been carefully diplomatic to keep the football federation onside.

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