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Newz Forum: OLYMPICS: Soccer may be out in Athens

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posted on May, 17 2004 @ 04:26 PM
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Zurich, Switzerland (Sports Network) - A current dispute between the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and FIFA over an anti-doping code is threatening soccer's representation in the upcoming summer Olympics in Athens.
 

FIFA, the world soccer governing body, and the International Cycling Union (UCI) are the only two Olympic sports that have not signed the code to date. Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee, conveyed the message that if the code was not signed soon the two events would be cancelled for the Olympics this August.

FIFA's problems with the anti-doping code lie in the fact that signing the code would make them comply with an automatic two-year ban for any positive test results.

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posted on May, 21 2004 @ 11:59 AM
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A dispute between the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and FIFA has been settled, setting the stage for soccer's representation in the upcoming Athens Games.

FIFA, the world soccer governing body, ratified a declaration Friday to support the World Anti-Doping Code. FIFA delegates, International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge and WADA Chairman Richard Pound were all present and signed the declaration.

Rogge explained earlier in the week that if the code was not signed soon the soccer events scheduled for the Olympics in August would be cancelled.

The agreement comes just one day after FIFA celebrated its centennial anniversary. The celebration, held in France, featured exhibits and matches, including a game between the past two World Cup champions, France and Brazil.



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