August 6, 2013 (ISN) – Following recent alarming reports of doping by anabolic steroids in Turkish sport involving track and field athletes, weightlifters and wrestlers, FIFA, concerned by the apparent widespread scope of the scandal, took the unprecedented decision to proactively check if football was also affected.
FIFA’s anti-doping unit contacted the Turkish Football Association, which agreed to reassess the samples taken in Turkish football over the past year. In total, more than 600 samples were reassessed and the initial findings have shown not one single suspicious result.
Moreover, a random selection of 50 samples were reanalysed at the anti-doping laboratory in Cologne, Germany, using the latest “High resolution mass spectrometric method”, which was recently published. Once again, all analyses returned a negative result.
“FIFA is very satisfied about those findings. We took the decision to investigate further because of the very alarming reports in the media. But the outcome is clear, there are no signs of systematic doping in Turkish football”, says FIFA’s Chief Medical officer Prof.Jiøí Dvoøák. “In addition, we applaud the great collaboration of the Turkish FA during this investigation. They have been honest and transparent throughout the whole process”.