2011 World Championships. Roundup of the latest news
Fabio Terrone
Australian Seebohm withdraws. FINA introduces Athlete’s Biological Passport and scheduled 1st World Junior Open Water Swimming Champs

SHANGHAI - Australia's world championships medallist Emily Seebohm was forced to withdraw from the 14th World Swimming Championships due to illness.

The 19-year-old skipped this morning's medley relay heats and she won't recover for tonight's final. She has been replaced by Stephanie Rice.

FINA Bureau approved today a pilot project for the creation of an Athlete’s Biological Passport.

FINA issued a statement confirming the passport scheme:

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.

Finally the Bureau scheduled the 1st FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships, which will take place in Welland (CAN) on August 15-19, 2012.