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WADA: New steroid profiling, athletes' mobile app

Tuesday - 11/12/2013, 12:06pm  ET

John Fahey, president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), speaks during a news conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. Fahey says he is confident that cycling's new leadership will set up an independent commission "within weeks" to look at the sport's drug-stained past. Fahey says his agency has been in communication with new UCI President Brian Cookson since the Briton took over in September, and the UCI has indicated its wish to WADA "to get something going." (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The World Anti-Doping Agency says it is introducing a new technique for urine tests next year that will help catch athletes who take steroids.

WADA calls it "the twin" of the blood profiling system used by around 35 sports in athletes' biological passport. It will allow anti-doping authorities to build a profile of a person's steroid levels from urine samples and to identify any changes -- in a similar way that changes in blood may indicate doping.

WADA says the new technique will particularly target testosterone and will "complement" the biological passport. It can be used starting Jan. 1.

WADA has also developed a mobile app that allows athletes to give their whereabouts through their cellphones or other devices so they don't miss out-of-competition tests.

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