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Thursday, July 18, 2013
FINA to test athletes at worlds

Associated Press

BARCELONA, Spain -- The international swimming federation will conduct more than 800 doping tests at the world championships.

FINA executive director Cornel Marculescu says 485 athletes will be given surprise blood tests in Barcelona in the days before competition and another 320 will undergo either blood or urine tests during the event, which starts Friday.

Marculescu says "I hope we have records and no positive tests."

FINA will incorporate the findings into its biological passport program, which started last year with 30 top competitors and has increased to 500. The passport program monitors an athlete's blood profile over time to look for any signs of doping.

A total of 2,293 athletes are participating in the biennial competition that includes swimming, diving, water polo, synchronized swimming and the new discipline of high diving.