Biological passport system for 2009 season

International Cycling Union adds to anti-doping rulebook

The International Cycling Union (UCI) on Friday said the biological passport system to check cyclists' blood-levels for doping will be formally introduced into its anti-doping rulebook for the 2009 season.

The system, which records and charts blood and urine levels, is seen as a new and effective weapon in the fight against doping. The decision was taken at a UCI Management Committee meeting in Denmark.   

"The Management Committee decided to incorporate the biological passport officially into the Anti-Doping Rules," a UCI statement said Friday. "Riders may now be disciplined under the Anti-Doping Rules on the basis of the biological passport."

In March it set up an anti-doping foundation with an annual budget of five million euros in a bid to rid the under-fire sport of cheats.

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