Record tests targeted


LONDON, April 7- Record numbers of drugs tests will be carried out at the London 2012 Olympics, organisers announced on Wednesday.

Around 5,000 tests will be carried out, more than the 4,770 samples taken during the 2008 Beijing Games, of which 14 athletes and five horses in the equestrian events were found to be positive.

The London organising committee (LOCOG) will carry out the drug-testing programme under the authority of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding with UK Anti-Doping about delivering the programme.

There will be 1,200 further tests carried out at the 2012 Paralympics.

Debbie Jevans, LOCOG’s director of sport, said: "We need to have a strong message that drugs cheats are not welcome at the London Games.

"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."

LOCOG and UK Anti-Doping will also work together to provide doping control at test events in 2011 and 2012.