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FIFA, Doping Agency Expected to Forge Agreement Later This Month - 2004-02-23

The president of football's world governing body will present a cooperative agreement between FIFA and the World Anti-Doping Agency later this month.

Sepp Blatter will detail the agreement in the fight against doping in sport to the world's top football executives at the FIFA Executive Committee meeting in London on February 29. Medical experts from both bodies are expected to ratify the agreement at the meeting.

The agreement represents the next step on the roadmap for FIFA's adoption of the World Anti-Doping Code at the FIFA Centennial Congress in May. FIFA had been critical of WADA's doping standards, particularly their mandatory two-year ban on athletes who fail drug tests.

Plans for forthcoming FIFA competitions also will be discussed in London. That includes the status of the selection process of the African host for the 2010 World Cup. That announcement is scheduled to take place May 15 in Zurich, Switzerland.