FIFA has agreed to adopt the world anti-doping code on Friday, a move whicgh will ensure that football will be played at the Olympic Games in Athens.
There had been concerns that football would be removed from the Olympic roster for its refusal to sign up to the anti-doping regulations.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter, Dick Pound, chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency, and Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee, took the stage at FIFA’s Centennial Congress to sign the declaration.
“This is an historic day for sport and the battle against doping in sport,” Pound told the Congress.
“This is the end of it, football will now be at the Olympic Games. It is just up to FIFA to incorporate this into their own process, but this is the end of debate and I am delighted.”
Rogge said: “I have been to many weddings and you hope the bride and groom will be happy. I am sure this marriage between FIFA and WADA will be a long one and produce good children.”