Swimming to Adopt Bio Passport
American Lochte first to be profiled
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Swimming’s international governing body, FINA, announced at a meeting this weekend in Shanghai that it approved the use of athlete biological passports. The news comes nearly a week after Brazilian swimmer Cesar Cielo competed in swimming’s world championships despite testing positive for diuretics and masking agents at a meet in May. Cielo said he ingested the diuretic from a contaminated supplement. Unlike drug tests, biological passports monitor athletes’ blood profiles over time, helping testers identify certain deviations in blood characteristics associated with doping. Recent evidence suggests that pro cycling, which became the first sport to implement a passport system three years ago, may be cleaner than at any time since 1990. According to Swimnews.com, U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte, who set a world record and won five gold medals at the championships, will be the first swimmer to participate.
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