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The UK anti doping agency UKAD has today launched a 24-hour hotline urging athletes and those involved in sport to report doping in sport and 'make the call' if they suspect any wrongdoing.

The confidential hotline is aimed at athletes, support personnel and concerned family and friends according to the organisations website. The freephone number gives 'a simple mechanism by which the sporting community can lodge any suspicions or evidence they have.'

UKAD has been operational as an independent organisation for six months, taking over anti-doping responsibilities from UK sport. "To protect our athletes we need to tackle the supply and trafficking of doping substances. The most effective way for us to do this is with the help of athletes, coaches and support personnel as they are the closest people to sport," said UK Anti-Doping Chief Executive, Andy Parkinson.

Information received will be logged in to the UKAD intelligence unit.

The agency has already been active in the British cycling scene, with riders reportedly being tested after some National A level events.

The UKAD number to ring should you wish to report anything is 0800 032 2332

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Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling when channel surfing in 1989 and happening across the greatest ever edition of the Tour de France. He's been a Greg LeMond fan ever since. He started racing in 1995 when moving to university in North Wales gave him more time to train and some amazing roads to train on. He raced domestically for several years, riding everything from Surrey leagues to time trials, track and even a few Premier Calendars. In 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium with the Kingsnorth International Wheelers. 


Since working for Cycling Weekly he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He can still be seen at his club's evening races through the summer but he still hasn't completed the CW5000 challenge!


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