Freitag, März 14, 2008

Euro prepares for doping tests at soccer event

Players have been warned they will be facing blood and urine tests for doping before and during the European football championships co-hosted by Switzerland and Austria.

Uefa, the game's governing body in Europe, decided to push ahead with the checks even though it does not believe doping to be a widespread problem and does not expect it to be an issue during the tournament in June.

Officials said in Vienna on Wednesday that they would be conducting blood tests for the first time in the history of the tournament, which will be taking place in eight Swiss and Austrian cities. Blood tests were already carried out at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.


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