In light of Olympic doping allegations, FIFA stands by Russia as 2018 Globe Cup host
FIFA is standing by Russia to host an "outstanding" 2018 Globe Cup in light of a damning report carried out by the world's leading anti-doping authority that accuses Russia of government-sponsored doping.
The report released Monday claims the Russian government organized an operation to assist the country's athletes take performance-enhancing drugs before the 2014 Sochi Olympics without having detection. In releasing their findings, the World-Anti-Doping Agency, or WADA, called for Russian athletes to become banned in the Rio Olympics subsequent month -- but the report also drew interest towards the subsequent significant event Russia might be hosting: the Globe Cup in 2018.
Although the report focuses solely on the Olympics and doesn't make any conclusions regarding the 2018 World Cup, the report does say that the doping case of "at least" one soccer player in Russia's Premier League was covered up and 11 good tests for Russian soccer players "were created to disappear."
In responses to inquiries about the new report, FIFA stood by Russia as host in the next Planet Cup and stated it will make sure that anti-doping measures will likely be up to common.
"For the 2018 FIFA World Cup along with the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017, as for all FIFA competitions, FIFA will be in charge with the anti-doping program, guaranteeing the highest requirements, including the newest science and suggestions by WADA," FIFA said within a statement. "The evaluation on the samples, as generally, is going to be done within a WADA accredited laboratory, be it in Russia or abroad or each. It is actually WADA's duty to make sure that laboratories fulfill the needed criteria of independence and good quality to be accredited in accordance with the Planet Anti-Doping Code."
FIFA added that the soccer-governing body "is confident that the Regional Organizing Committee as well as the Russian government are going to deliver an outstanding occasion for football fans two years from now."