NORCECA Players clean following 452 doping tests in last three years

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, October 6, 2021 – Men and women players of NORCECA teams have undergone a total of 452 doping tests during the past three years without a single positive result.

Cristobal Marte Hoffiz, president of NORCECA Confederation and the Pan American Union made the  statement during his participation in the First Forum on Doping organized by the Dominican Federation of Sports Medicine in coordination with CDN Radio and Television.

"We can affirm that volleyball in our continent is one of the cleanest sports in the world," said Marte Hoffiz, who is in charge of the Female Program of the Dominican Volleyball Federation.

He pointed out that in the 20 years that he has chaired NORCECA, there have only been three positive cases for the use of prohibited substances, which have been recovered, two for the use of steroids and marijuana, and a third player  who was suspended by the International Federation of Volleyball by use of stanozolol.

Marte Hoffiz stressed that the NORCECA Confederation and the Pan American Union both follow a protocol on the consequences that an athlete may suffer in case of testing positive for the use of prohibited substances, which is reviewed every four years with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

He added that these entities have an agreement with the analytical laboratory of the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) where the tests to which the athletes are submitted are sent.

"The WADA protocol establishes, among other procedures, the methodology used to select athletes in and out of competitions," said Marte Hoffiz. "Everything is done in a diaphanous way in the presence of the delegate of each team following the selection procedure of the athlete to be tested."