PR 45 - Pilot project for “Athlete’s Biological Passport” was approved


Shanghai (CHN), July 30, 2011 – At its second meeting in Shanghai (CHN), on July 28, the FINA Bureau approved a pilot project for the creation of an “Athlete’s Biological Passport”, the most advanced tool in the fight against doping in Sport. The “Athlete’s Biological Passport” allows the establishment of a longitudinal study and haematological profile on each athlete, with the aim of detecting if blood manipulations are done in order to carry a higher percentage of oxygen (thus “masking” any intake of forbidden substances).

With this new tool, FINA will definitively remain at the forefront of the doping fight in sport. 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.” considered FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione.

Other decisions of the Bureau include:

•    Allocation of the 17th FINA World Junior Men’s Water Polo Championships (U20) in 2013 to Budapest (HUN);
•    Dates for the 1st FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships, to take place in Welland (CAN): August 15-19, 2012;
•    Dates for the FINA World Junior Men’s and Women’s Water Polo Championships, organised in Perth (AUS): December 3-10, 2012

On its previous meeting in Shanghai, the FINA Bureau had decided on the hosts of the 2015 FINA World Championships, to be held in Kazan (RUS), and 2017 FINA World Championships, to be organised in Guadalajara (MEX).