ROME (AP) — 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.