Biological passport system for 2009 season

International Cycling Union adds to anti-doping rulebook

International Cycling Union (UCI) President Pat McQuaid (L) with UCI doctor Mario Zorzoli.

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.

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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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