Posted: Sat February 15, 2014 1:21PM; Updated: Sat February 15, 2014 1:21PM

FIFA to test every World Cup player for doping

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Jiri Dvorak
Jiri Dvorak announced plans to randomly drug test every player participating in the 2014 World Cup.
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SAO PAULO (AP) -- FIFA says it will conduct surprise doping tests of all World Cup players at least once, beginning in March.

FIFA chief medical officer Jiri Dvorak says ''all teams and players'' should be tested unannounced between March 1 and the World Cup opener in June, using biological passports to determine possible irregularities in blood and urine samples.

In a news conference Saturday, Dvorak also said FIFA's medical staff will decide before games whether drinking breaks will be used during the World Cup in Brazil. He said football's governing body is not overly concerned with the heat during matches in the jungle city of Manaus, which will host matches by England, Italy and the United States.

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