The head of the World Anti-Doping Agency, Dick Pound, says football's place in the Olympic Games could be in jeopardy if the International Football Federation does not comply with the World Anti-Doping Code.
Mr. Pound said that WADA is not satisfied with FIFA's failure to comply with the code. FIFA insists on six-month suspensions for positive drug tests on an individual case basis.
WADA calls for two year bans. Under the Olympic charter, any federation that fails to comply with the anti-doping code risks being excluded from the Games. FIFA unanimously approved the anti-doping regulations last year in Pairs, but has not changed its own rules to comply with the world code.The WADA head said that his organization has told FIFA what needs to be done to become compliant. Mr. Pound said the WADA executive committee would discuss the issue at its meeting in Montreal this week.
The situation could also affect the World Cup in Germany next year. Under the code, governments - including Germany's - must ensure that any world championship held on their soil comply with the anti-doping regulations. FIFA did not comment on the drug enforcement chief's comments.