All World Cup samples to be tested at South Africa university

08:42, May 19, 2010      

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All urine and blood samples taken at the FIFA World Cup in South Africa be tested at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, a university spokesman said on Tuesday.

The World Cup will be held in South Africa from June 11 to July 11.

The head of the South African Doping Control Laboratory (SADoCoL) at the university, Pieter van der Merwe, said their laboratory would be the official dope testing center for the World Cup.

He told the South African Press Association (SAPA) they were ready to do business.

"We have new state-of-the-art equipment worth 3.9 million rands (520, 000 U.S. dollars) with which doping tests for next month's 2010 FIFA World Cup will be done," he said. "Our new instruments are some of the best in the world."

SADoCoL, at the department of pharmacology at the University of the Free State (UFS), had done doping analyses for many international sport events in South Africa and elsewhere in the world.

These include the 1995 Rugby World Cup and the Sevens Rugby World Cup in Dubai.

The laboratory's international recognition and accreditation with the World Anti-Doping Agency led to its selection as the official doping control facility for the World Cup, Van der Merwe said.

He added that the UFS laboratory is the only one of its kind in South Africa and one of only two in Africa, the other one being in Tunisia.

Van der Merwe said there was a lot of "African involvement" at the laboratory because various African countries send it samples for analysis.

The laboratory also did testing for the Confederations Cup in South Africa in 2009.

Van der Merwe said it was an honor for the department and the UFS to offer a world-class service to an association such as FIFA and to be associated with a tournament of this magnitude.



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