Association has no intentions taking away the country’s right to host the event despite the loud doping scandal involving Russian athletes at Winter Olympics in 2014
'In his interview to Goal outlet, FIFA speaker said that the leading football authority will not change the host country for FIFA World Cup 2018. ‘An anti-doping program will be running during Confederations Cup 2017 and World Cup 2018, just like in every other FIFA tournament; this program meets highest standards and relies on latest scientific developments and recommendations of the WADA (World Anti-Doping Association),’ the speaker said.
‘The blood samples that are checked for banned substances will be taken in the WADA-certified labs. The WADA should make sure these labs meet respective standards of quality and independence. Moscow lab’s accreditation is currently suspended’, the official said.
‘FIFA are sure that in two years, the local organization committee and the Russian government will deliver a truly amazing football festival for fans,’ he concluded.
The international society and the media across the globe have been widely discussing Russia’s involvement in the loud doping scandal as Russia resorted to manipulations and frauds to conceal the fact that Russian athletes used doping before the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014. That, in turn, evoked rumors about FIFA’s intentions to take away Russia’s right to host the championship in summer 2018.'