UK Anti doping agency launches hotline

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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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Simon Richardson
Magazine editor

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling 1989 when watching the Tour de France on Channel 4, started racing in 1995 and in 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium. During his time at CW (and Cycle Sport magazine) 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 became the 130-year-old magazine's 13th editor in 2015.