SINGAPORE - Swimming's world governing body Fina has partnered 15 other National Anti-Doping Organisations (Nados), including Anti-Doping Singapore, on a global collaborative testing initiative ahead of the Olympic Games in Rio next month.
Between Jan 1 and Aug 5 this year, Fina and the 15 organisations will conduct an average of five to seven out-of-competition tests for each nation's top 10 world-ranked male and female swimmers in every aquatic discipline held at the Olympic Games.
While each organisation took the lead in testing athletes in their respective countries, Fina coordinated testing for the top swimmers in nations outside the partnership.
Anti-Doping Singapore was also in collaboration with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) - one of the 15 organisations in the partnership - to mutually test each other's swimmers who were training in the United States and Singapore, respectively.
Anti-Doping Singapore general manager Yeo Say Po said: "Anti-Doping Singapore is pleased to be part of this initiative with Fina and the other Nados to protect the rights of clean athletes competing at the coming Rio Olympic Games."
On the collaboration with the Usada, she added: "The partnership with Fina and the Usada has helped Anti-Doping Singapore increase its capacity to test beyond Singapore, as well as our overall effectiveness to keep sport free from doping."
The other 14 Nados in the partnership include those from Spain, France, Japan and Korea.