WADA calls for increased efforts by football, tennis authorities to combat doping
London, Feb 13 : The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has asked football and tennis authorities to increase their efforts to combat doping, following a damaging Australian Crime Commission report that found evidence of doping in rugby and underworld links in football.
WADA included conducting a greater number of tests for the blood-booster drug EPO and using athlete biological passports to monitor the blood profiles of players, among the measures that needed to focused on by the authorities of the two sports, the Telegraph reports.
According to WADA president John Fahey, failure to check for EPO while testing samples is a frequent occurrence in football, even though the drug is one of the more frequently abused substances in world sport because of its endurance-enhancing properties.
Under FIFA rules, football conducts only limited blood-testing, while the urine samples of players are often partially analysed.
Admitting that WADA had a busy time dealing with the recent spate of drug scandals, Fahey said that football should adopt the athlete biological passport as another measure to combat doping, although he added that blood testing is also an effective way to catch drug offenders.
Fahey also did not spare tennis, and said that he recently saw some instances where senior players like Federer said that they were not tested regularly.
Meanwhile, several leading tennis players, including Andy Murray and Roger Federer, have called for more frequent blood tests to flush out drug cheats.
Highlighting the Lance Armstrong scandal, Fahey said that any sport needed to be more responsible for what is going on in their boundaries, or suffer from backlash due to lack of attention.