FIFA has agreed to adopt the World Anti-Doping Agency’s revised drug testing code and promised to fight performance-enhancing drugs.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter met with new WADA chief John Fahey and signed a letter of intent to adopt the code, which will come into effect in 2009.
“FIFA and WADA share the common objective of fighting doping and we will continue to do so through all possible means,” Blatter said.
FIFA is expected to ratify the code at its Congress on May 29-30 in Sydney, Australia,.
“Even prior to the formation of WADA nine years ago, FIFA was involved in doing something about getting rid of cheats in football,” Fahey said. “We will collaborate and share information so that each of us can achieve the objective we both seek.”
FIFA and WADA had been at odds over doping sanctions and, but Fahey, who took over as WADA president on January 1 this year, has persuaded FIFA to sign up to the new charter.