FIFA President Gianni Infantino has announced that all of the doping tests from the 23 Russian football players who took part in the Brazil’s 2014 World Cup had come back negative.
Infantino, speaking at the closing press conference for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup at St. Petersburg Stadium ahead of the competition’s final, remarked it makes absolutely no sense to impose sanctions on Russia in the absence of any wrongdoing. Infantino also remarked all players were tested in the Confederation Cup in Russia not by Russian people outside of Russia, but by people in our laboratory in Lausanne.
The FIFA President went on to remark that there are some people who still wants sanctions to be imposed on Russia and commented there will be no such action if there are no supporting results.
It has been reported in the past that all of the members of Russia’s 23-man squad for Brazil 2014 were “people of interest” in a doping probe. The report that preceded the investigation was compiled by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren. It alleged that 30 sports, including football, covered up samples from 1,000 athletes between 2011 and 2015. FIFA is presently investigating these accusations.
Infantino suggested that the allegations against Russian football players were largely built on “speculation.” The FIFA President however promised the world governing body of football will take immediate disciplinary proceedings in the event of positive results. Infantino also said all Russian players playing in World Cup 2014 were tested by FIFA- and by WADA- accredited laboratories.
The FIFA President also said these are the facts that need to be remembered. Infantino added we have all seen the different reports, we are collecting information and if there have been any anti-doping violations, measures will be taken and also remarked we always have a zero-tolerance policy for doping
In another development, the former FIFA chief medical officer Jiri Dvorak said the 2014 World Cup football squad of Russia was subjected to extra doping tests. Dvorak commented that the tests adhered to correct procedures and were carried out because of rumors about Russian athletes but they came back negative.
Xenon, a gas that is used to promote the growth of red blood cells in the body for improving stamina, was used at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi by some Russian athletes. Dvorak said we tested the Russian team for Xenon because the substance was unknown in the rest of the world.
Russian deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko blasted newspaper reports that the 2014 World Cup squad of the country is under investigation for doping. Mutko exclaimed that Russian sports is among the most elite sports in the world so let us trust this anti-doping system and added that our athletes are tested every time independently and yet still you do not trust. The Russian deputy Prime Minister also commented that we are investing a lot of money into sports and we don’t need doping to win a bronze medal that doesn’t mean much. Mutko also said we have never been supporting people who are using doping.
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