AP, Wednesday, April 29, 2009 3:15 PM
FIFA set out its plans Tuesday for drug-testing top-level soccer players in 2009 in a program agreed to with the World Anti-Doping Agency.
FIFA declared the program a
"soccer-specific" one, more "efficient" than previous efforts. Tests will target players classed in three high-risk categories: those sidelined for long periods through injury
or suspension, players with Champions League clubs, and international players.
FIFA proposed the program to WADA after arguing that team sports such as soccer - where training and
playing locations are more predictable - should not be treated like individual sports such as track and field and cycling, where competitors' plans change at short notice. Individual testing
and whereabouts requirements for players were "inefficient and ineffective," FIFA said Tuesday. "Random team testing of elite teams at any time has more of a deterrent effect."
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