Dr. Osvaldo Pangrazio, Head of Medical Department of CONMEBOL, explained to conmebol.com all about the work done at the Under-20 Sudamericano Championship held in January in Uruguay.
Dr. Pangrazio said that "on the medical side the Under 20 has done a great job. There were 140 tests and fortunately there were no positive cases. That indicates that in South America fair play is really practiced. Not only have we not had any positive cases but neither were there any incidents in the tests. All was done in the best way and with the collaboration of all medical bodies of the participating countries."
He went on to explain that "the tests are sent to COLDEPORTES whose work is endorsed by WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency)."
He added that "we have not only worked in anti-doping tests but we have continued to monitor the injuries, the different types of injuries to players and that was done after each game. There were forms that the doctors from each team filled out after each match and based on these forms a detailed report has been done that helps the doctors and the referees because it is possible to compare the number of injuries from collisions or contact to fouls that are called or not."
He concluded that "these tests at the Sudamericano demonstrates that CONMEBOL is committed to caring for the health of the players and encourages fair play. Everything has been done at a FIFA level and we can even anticipate that we will do the same at the next Under 17 Sudamericano to be played in Paraguay in March."
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