The Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) is the third global sports body to sign an agreement with UK Anti-Doping, allowing the two organisations to share Athlete Biological Passport data and other doping-related information.
The Athlete Biological Passport is a programme based on the monitoring of selected biological variables which can reveal the effects of doping. Athletes on the system are profiled over time and should show consistent levels of the variables. Any changes to the levels could suggest doping and will result in further investigation and target testing.
UK Anti-Doping Chief Executive Andy Parkinson said: “In the countdown to this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games, these partnerships are a vital tool in helping the global sporting community tackle doping in sport.
“Any athlete competing, training or visiting the UK can expect to be tested at anytime, anywhere and we look forward to pooling resources and sharing expertise with partners such as FINA.”
As the UK’s National Anti-Doping Organisation, UK Anti-Doping uses this information to monitor the levels in an athlete’s profile. The agreement signed with FINA will allow both organisations to share this information and build their combined target testing capabilities.
FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione added: “The Athlete Biological Passport project is an essential tool for fighting doping in sport. FINA has been at the forefront of this battle for many years now. Despite being an endless war, the available technology allows us to detect more efficiently the cheaters and the methods they may use. This is why we certainly appreciate this partnership with UK Anti-Doping, a valuable partner in ensuring doping-free sport.”