Welsh athlete Gareth Warburton charged with doping

Welsh 800 metre runner Gareth Warburton has been ruled out of the Commonwealth Games after being charged with an anti-doping offence.

Welsh Athletics: 'We strongly support clean sport'

Welsh Athletics has released a statement following the suspension of 800m runner Gareth Warburton on anti-doping charges.

It says it "strongly supports clean sport and has established a comprehensive education programme for its athletes."

Welsh Athletics can confirm the provisional suspension of athlete Gareth Warburton after being charged with committing anti-doping rule violations under UK Athletics Anti-Doping Rules (presence of prohibited substances).

Gareth has the opportunity to respond to the charges against him, and to have those charges determined at a full hearing before the National Anti-Doping Panel.

Welsh Athletics strongly supports clean sport and has established a comprehensive education programme for its athletes.

Welsh Athletics will not be making any further comment.

– Welsh Athletics statement

Welsh runner Gareth Warburton charged with doping

Welsh 800 metre runner Gareth Warburton has been provisionally suspended from all competition after being charged with an anti-doping offence.

The 32-year-old from Caernarfon had been due to compete at his third Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this month before being informed of his suspension.

Gareth Warburton
Gareth Warburton (right) in the 2012 European Championships. Credit: PA

Warburton holds two medals from the European Indoor Championships and was also part of the Great Britain team at London 2012, where he failed to qualify from his first round heat.

In a statement released by his management Gareth said:

The news of this anti-doping rule violation has come as a great shock to me. From the outset, I would like to state that I have not knowingly taken any banned substance.

As a professional athlete, I have always supported and have been an advocate of clean sport. Nothing has changed in this regard.

However, I recognise that the responsibility for this situation lies with me and I’m committed to working with UK Anti-Doping and will fully cooperate in the legal process.

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish the best to all my team mates heading to the Commonwealth Games and apologise that I won’t be able to join them as part of Team Wales.

– Gareth Warburton

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