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FIFA: Doping testing of Russian team is standard practice ahead of 2017 Confederations Cup

March 27, 13:55 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The opening game will be held in St. Petersburg on June 17 between Russia and New Zealand
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MOSCOW, March 27. /TASS/. The world’s governing body of football FIFA is conducting doping tests of all national teams set to participate in the 2017 Confederations Cup and the Russian team is not an exception, FIFA told TASS on Monday.

A group of doping-control officers arrived on Saturday night at the Russian football team’s training base in Krasnodar subjecting all players to doping tests.

"The doping controls… correspond to standard anti-doping procedures implemented ahead of the FIFA Confederations Cup," the FIFA said in its statement after asked by TASS to comment on the doping tests of Russian footballers over the weekend.

"All teams participating in the said event will undergo pre competition doping controls or have already been subject to such checks," the statement added.

According to earlier reports from various media sources certain footballers from Russia’s leading clubs were mentioned in the now-infamous McLaren list. FIFA had repeatedly rebuked such accusations and Fatma Samoura, the organization’s secretary general, announced during her visit to St. Petersburg earlier in the month that there was no evidence regarding possible violations of doping regulations on behalf of Russian players.

The FIFA Confederations Cup, which is also viewed by experts as a rehearsal a year prior to the FIFA World Cup, will be held between June 17 and July 2 at four stadiums in Russia and they are Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Zenit Arena in St. Petersburg, Fisht Stadium in Sochi and Kazan Arena in Kazan.

Participants in the 2017 Confederations Cup are hosts Russia, 2014 FIFA World Cup Champions Germany, 2015 Copa America Champions Chile, 2015 AFC Asian Cup Champion Australia, 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup winners Mexico, 2016 UEFA Euro Cup champs Portugal, OFC (Oceania Football Confederation) Nations Cup victors New Zealand and 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations Champion Cameroon.

The Draw for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup was held on November 26 in the Russian city of Kazan. Following the event, hosts Russia was placed in Group A alongside with Portugal, Mexico and New Zealand. Group B has brought together Germany, Chile, Australia and Cameroon.

The opening game will be held in St. Petersburg on June 17 between Russia and New Zealand. Russia will face Portugal in Moscow on June 21 and on June 24 it will play Mexico in Kazan.

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