Commonwealth Games stresses quality doping tests

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) The head of the Commonwealth Games says the event is using a ''quality over quantity'' drug-testing approach targeting specific sports based on intelligence received from anti-doping agencies.

Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive Mike Hooper tells The Associated Press that a full range of drug testing - urine, blood and EPO detection - will be conducted by anti-doping officials during the games which end Aug. 3.

He estimates about 1,500 random doping tests will be conducted in total. About two-thirds of them will be conducted during the competition, with the rest completed before the games began on July 23.

Hurdler Rhys Williams was ruled out of the games Friday after becoming the second Welsh athlete suspended for doping this month. His Welsh teammate, Gareth Warburton, was charged with anti-doping offenses last week.

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