UEFA introduce biological passport to step up anti-doping measures

UEFA introduce biological passport to step up anti-doping measures
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Published September 11th, 2015 - 20:45 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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UEFA plan extensive tests around Euro 2016
UEFA plan extensive tests around Euro 2016

Europe's football union UEFA is introducing a biological passport and plans extensive tests around Euro 2016 in a major expansion of its anti-doping efforts.

UEFA said Friday that it will also cooperate more with national anti-doping agencies and tighten the whereabouts rule in what it named "the strongest anti-doping programme ever seen in European football."

"Recent events in other sports have highlighted the importance of remaining ever vigilant and pushing for progress in all areas of our work," UEFA medical chief Michel D'Hooghe said, referring to various allegations in sports such as athletics.

"Although our doping statistics remain low amongst players in UEFA competitions, there can never be room for complacency."

Like in athletics, cycling and other sports, the biological passport is to document blood and urine levels long-term in order to detect abuse with steroids or other forbidden substances.

UEFA said it has signed agreements with national anti-doping agencies in various countries including Spain, Britain, Germany and Italy.

Pre-Euro 2016 testing will start on January 1 and affect "all players with the potential to be selected for participating teams," continue at training camps and arrival in France, before "the tournament itself will see an advanced analytical blood and urine testing menu implemented at all matches."

© 2015 dpa GmbH

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