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  • Olympics Football Safe With Drugs Accord


    06/09/06

    <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=5 align=right border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD> <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=150 border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD colSpan=2><IMG src="/_images/articles/OldStories/fifacongress.JPG"></TD></TR> <TR> <TD style="PADDING-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 5px"><SPAN class=caption><B>The FIFA Congress was held in Munich Wednesday and Thursday.</B></SPAN></TD> <TD width=12>&nbsp;</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>(ATR) Football's place at the Olympics is safe after the sport's leaders ended a long stand-off between FIFA and the World Anti Doping Agency over the compatibility of football's doping penalties.<BR><BR>The FIFA Congress in Munich overwhelmingly voted 199 to 2 to change FIFA's statutes to bring it into line with the World Anti-Doping Code.<BR><BR>The change ends a battle between FIFA and WADA that might have led to a push to exclude football from the Olympics. <BR><BR>"Thank you, we are now in compliance," FIFA President Sepp Blatter told delegates as he applauded them, duly noting that "the president of the IOC is also applauding."<BR><BR>IOC President Jacque Rogge was on hand in Munich for the congress.<BR><BR>Rogge said later that the dispute had amounted to semantics over the wording of the rules of FIFA and WADA.<BR><BR>"This we knew from the start," Rogge says.<BR><BR>Asked whether repeated threats by Pound relating to football's place at the Olympics, had been heavy-handed, Rogge said he respected anything his IOC colleague had to say, but that the IOC always preferred to deal with situations with cooperation rather than confrontation.<BR><BR>He commended FIFA for "finally" adopting WADA's guidelines and "allowing now the whole sports movement to now comply with the WADA code."<BR><BR>"I must, however, in this respect, regret that gover <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=5 align=left border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD> <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=150 border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD colSpan=2><IMG src="/_images/articles/OldStories/fifarogge.JPG"></TD></TR> <TR> <TD style="PADDING-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 5px"><SPAN class=caption><B>IOC President Jacques Rogge is pleased with changes to FIFA's drug policies. (A.Stavrinos/ATR)</B></SPAN></TD> <TD width=12>&nbsp;</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>nments do not respect their promises to the WADA anti-doping code," Rogge told the FIFA delegates in a speech to the session.<BR><BR>"In October last year, more than 160 governments promised to adopt the WADA code by February 10.<BR><BR>"Today, less than 20 countries have adopted the code. This is undermining the credibility of WADA. I must, therefore, urge governments and ask them respectfully to accelerate" compliance.<BR><BR>Other measures adopted by the congress include establishment of an 18-member Ethics Committee.<BR><BR><I>Reported by Anthony Stavrinos in Munich</I><BR><BR><B>Your best source of news about the Olympics is www.aroundtherings.com, for subscribers only.</B><BR>