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FIFA attends UNESCO conference

On 5 February, FIFA’s Chief Medical Officer Prof. Jiri Dvorak spoke on behalf of the FIFA President at a UNESCO convention on doping in Paris. Dvorak outlined FIFA’s tough stance on the fight against doping – pointing to the expulsion of Diego Maradona from the 1994 FIFA World Cup TM in the face of aggressive criticism from the media, as well as the number of routine checks FIFA carries out at its official competitions. He also stressed FIFA’s belief in “Football for Health” stating: “It is a well-established fact that improved fitness will have a positive impact on the health status of individuals and society in general. We now have the proof that sport, or football as the most popular sport, can be promoted as a health-enhancing leisure activity, so it makes very little sense to improve the performance by artificial means such as doping.”