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London 2012 dope-testing programme to break record

Locog director of sport Debbie Jevans
Jevans said Locog was keen to keep drugs cheats away from London

Record numbers of drugs tests will be carried out at the London 2012 Olympics, it has been announced.

The London Organising Committee (Locog) will carry out around 5,000 tests under the authority of the International Olympic Committee.

That is 10% more than were conducted in Beijing in 2008, where 20 of the samples taken returned positive tests.

"We need a strong message that drugs cheats are not welcome," said Locog's director of sport Debbie Jevans.

A further 1,200 further tests will be carried out at the London 2012 Paralympics, with UK Anti-Doping also playing a role in the testing process.

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"The input of UK Anti-Doping, our new national anti-doping organisation, will assist Locog in the delivery of a world class anti-doping programme at the London Games," added Jevans.

The authorities are now looking for volunteers to get involved in the programme, with participants coming from UK Anti-Doping, other national anti-doping organisations, international federations and local NHS Trusts.



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