MOSCOW, April 18. /TASS/. The Russian Federal Micro-Biological Agency (FMBA) is in constant work with players and medical staff of the national football team regarding anti-doping issues, Vladimir Uiba, the agency’s head, said on Wednesday.
Players of the Russian national football team underwent doping tests last time before their friendly matches in March against Brazil in Moscow (March 23) and France in St. Petersburg (March 27).
"Our doctors are in permanent work with the national team, including massage therapists and other specialists," Uiba told journalists. "Undoubtedly, we are constantly holding organizational and methodological anti-doping work with the team."
"Moreover, we keep permanently examining doctors of the national team regarding their knowledge of anti-doping regulations," Uiba said. "Every three months we are not simply lecturing, but also examining doctors, since the database of the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) as well as the anti-doping regulations are constantly changing."
The work to prevent any possible violation of anti-doping regulations in the Russian football team is at its highest tempo as the country is gearing up to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup this summer.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off in 57 days with the opening match in the Russian capital of Moscow.
Russia selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.
The matches of the 2018 World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15 at 12 stadiums located in the 11 mentioned above cities across Russia. Two of the stadiums are located in the Russian capital.