Italian FA considers biological passport program

The Italian football federation is considering introducing
biological passports and surprise tests to combat doping.

Anti-doping is listed as one of the key points for discussion at
next week’s federation board meeting.

FIGC anti-doping commission president Pino Capua says a project
is already underway, and it could start with Italy’s national
team.

The FIGC says that testing is planned this year for 941
professional football matches in Italy, with a total of 2,804 tests
– 300 of them EPO and blood tests – at a cost of about ?1.5 million
($1.95 million).

FIFA has been running a pilot passport program since the 2011
Club World Cup but only for top FIFA tournaments.

Biological passports map out an athlete’s blood values over
time, facilitating recognition of blood doping.