World swimming champs in Barcelona declared clean

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MORGAN PIEK

Bloemfontein – The World’s Swimming governing body, Fina, have said they are proud to announce the recent World Swimming Championship held in Barcelona, Spain, clean.

This comes after the organisation announced their doping results for the championship. 2195 competitors took part in the championships.

378 random urine samples were taken, of which 69 were tested for banned blood-booster EPO, and 84 blood samples were taken.

Before the competition 358 samples were taken to test against biological passports that Fina had put in place before the Olympics in London last year.

In the wake of the recent athletics doping scandal, which saw many of the world’s fastest sprinters testing positive for banned substances, Fina said the fact that it was a clean championship is positive for the sport.