US Doping Agency Asks FIFA To Test Russian World Cup Squad

| June 22 , 2018 , 18:49 IST

Travis Tygart, CEO of The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) on Friday asked FIFA to test the Russian national football team for doping following their opening victories at the World Cup.

According to the reports in media, Tygart had said on Thursday, "Russia must be aggressively tested to safeguard public confidence in the integrity of the World Cup, extraordinary performances demand additional tests."

Media reports further say that FIFA refused to reveal the number of doping tests conducted on Russia's World Cup squad saying that they could not comment on such tests.

Russia qualified for the knockout stage for the first time since the break-up of the Soviet Union after thrashing Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening game of the tournament on June 14 and it also thrashed Egypt 3-1 earlier this week. 

Russian players will face Uruguay in their last group match on Monday. The hosts will then play Spain, Portugal or Iran in the round of 16.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup started on June 14 and will continue till July 15, with the matches being played in 11 cities across Russia.