FIFA to explore biological passports

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FIFA president Sepp Blatter has discussed the introduction of biological passports in football at a meeting with World Anti–Doping Agency (WADA) chiefs.

The biological passport has been a significant introduction into cycling, where it has helped to identify numerous doping cheats since being launched at the start of 2008. The International Cycling Union (UCI) has collected blood samples from all professional riders to create a medical profile, providing the opportunity to spot unusual variations registered in anti–doping tests. "The biological passport is what we want to do and we want to take a step ahead in the fight against doping, " said Blatter. "We are working on that. " WADA president John Fahey, speaking after a meeting with Blatter at FIFA's headquarters in the Swiss city of Zurich at the end of October 2009, said: "This is a strategy which could be extremely beneficial in the next few years. We welcome this partnership and we are happy that such an important sport is prepared to work with us. " Fahey added that the anti–doping programme "will not necessarily bring results straight away". Fahey also said FIFA, which had long been opposed to elements of WADA's anti–doping rules, is now "fully compliant". Meanwhile, Harold Mayne–Nicholls (president, Chile FA) is set to present a commercial guide to Chilean football at Soccerex 2009. This world–class presentation will outline the commercial makeup and investment opportunities in one of the most exciting leagues in South America. Speaking exclusively to Soccerex. com, Harold commented that his "federation has been involved with Soccerex in the past and the results were fantastic–lots of contacts, new friends and information essential to the growth of our organization. We are delighted to be able to present our league and football experiences to the international community at Soccerex 2009. " Chilean football is moving from strength to strength; the national team has now qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and after a comprehensive restructure of its broadcasting model its domestic Pro League has generated record revenue levels for its 32 member teams. The president of the Chilean FA will be one of many industry leaders presenting their wares at Soccerex 2009, including: Bundesliga, Olympique Lyonnais, Populous, Liverpool, Kickworldwide, Zain Saudi League, Threshold Sports, Glenn Hoddle Academy, Right to Dream and Sporting Lisbon. The Soccerex 2009 presentation area will be complimented by many world–class speakers taking part in interviews, keynote addresses and debate panels, including: Joseph S Blatter, Franz Beckenbauer, Danny Jordaan, Philippe Le Floc'h, Sven–Goran Eriksson, David Dein and Gerard Houllier. For further information about Soccerex 2009 (28 November–2 December) please contact the Soccerex team on +44 (0)208 742 7100 or visit www. soccerex. com About The Sport Briefing The first part of this story has been reproduced with the kind permission of The Sport Briefing. The Sport Briefing is published by PA Sport and can be found at: www. thesportbriefing. comThe Sport Briefing is updated as and when news happens, from across the global business of sport. The industry's biggest stories have an accompanying email alert, and The Sport Briefing sends subscribers a daily digest to give them an easy–to–read overview of the day's main events. Contact rory. squires@thesportbriefing. com for more information.

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