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SHANGHAI, China, July 30. FINA has announced the adoption of a Biological Passport Program that will help the governing body of the sport detect instances in doping by monitoring the blood of athletes. After taking blood samples from swimmers, scientists will be able to determine if the makeup of the blood changes, thus indicating the potential use of performance-enhancing substances.
The Biological Passport Program will allow FINA to maintain a profile on athletes and give the organization the opportunity to compare past samples with current tests in order to see if changes in the blood are evident. A Biological Passport Program is in use in cycling which, like swimming, has had past issues with doping.
"With this new tool, FINA will definitively remain at the forefront of the doping fight in sport," said organization president Julio Maglione. "We have had a leading role among International Federations on this matter over the last years and we want to continue our successful strategy.Following the experts' advice on these issues, FINA is certainly taking the right step in strengthening the battle against cheaters."