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Herbs don't worry Fifa

By Linda Moreotsene | Feb 23, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

FIFA is not worried about teams using traditional herbs as stimulants during the World Cup.

The third Fifa medical conference held at the weekend at Sun City in Rustenburg, instead announced Fifa's launch of the "11 for Health project", signifying the football governing body's commitment to improving the health of communities.

"We considered ways of using football as a means of preventing unnecessary deaths caused by lack of fitness, the No 1 cause of death in society," said Fifa medical officer Michel D'Hooghe, who is also chairperson of Fifa's medical committee.

Doctors from the 32 World Cup teams signed a memorandum recommitting them to a dope-free tournament. The medics dismissed reports suggesting African herbs might be used to boost their performance.

"We are not worried about that at all. (But) it is unlikely that teams will use substances they do not know. We have measures in place dealing with the big three: malaria, tuberculosis and Aids."

Local Organising Committee chief medical officer Victor Ramathesele said the Aids Council would ensure that "more condoms than usual" would be available. Fifa's chief medical officer Jiri Dvorak said most visitors would be in the country for football rather than other physical activities.


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