posted on May, 21 2004 @ 11:59 AM
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
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.