FIFA Announces Plans to Use Blood Testing for PEDs at 2014 World Cup

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistFebruary 15, 2013

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - OCTOBER 21:  FIFA president, Sepp Blatter looks on during a press conference held after the FIFA Executive Committee Meeting at the FIFA headquarters on October 21, 2011 in Zurich, Switzerland. During this third meeting of the year, held on two days, the FIFA Executive Committee has approved the match schedules for the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 and the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.  (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)
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FIFA plans to use blood testing and biological profiling to test athletes for use of performance-enhancing drugs at both the 2013 Confederations Cup and 2014 World Cup, reports Joe Wright of Goal.com.

The decision comes at the urging of World Anti-Doping Agency president John Fahey, who didn't believe the sport was doing enough to handle the PED situation. FIFA.com passed along comments from him after the decision, in which he stated he was happy with the progress:

We are very interested in continuing the work on biological profiles. WADA is very satisfied with the commitment of FIFA on the biological profiles, which will be run not only at the FIFA World Cup in 2014 but already at the FIFA Confederations Cup in June this year.

In the same report, FIFA medical committee chairman Michel D'Hooge said the association will spend $2.5 million during the World Cup year in order to fight doping. Players will be eligible to get tested both in and out of competition.

It's just the latest example of an organization attempting to keep pace with PEDs. The never-ending battle has taken on a prominent role across the sports landscape over the past decade, and it doesn't seem like it's going away at any point in the near future.

The association has been testing for EPO, a common PED, since the 2002 World Cup, according to the FIFA.com report. The new standards are meant to further strengthen the testing through biological profiles and blood tests.

It will be given a test run at this year's Confederations Cup. Then it will also be used during the biggest football tournament of them all in 2014, with unannounced testing during training camps and at games.

By committing to these standards, FIFA is attempting to stay ahead of the PED curve, which has become increasingly difficult with each passing year.