Warburton to miss Commonwealth Games after dope charge

Wed Jul 16, 2014 9:10am EDT
 
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(Reuters) - Welsh 800 meter runner Gareth Warburton will miss the Commonwealth Games after being suspended from all competition following a doping violation, UK Athletics said on Wednesday.

The 31-year-old Warburton, who was part of Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games, has the opportunity to respond to the charges and can also have them determined at a full hearing before the National Anti-Doping Panel.

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

The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow run from July 23 to Aug. 3.

(Reporting By Michael Hann)

 
Gareth Warburton of Britain reacts during the men's 800 metres heats at the European Athletics Championships in Helsinki June 27, 2012.  REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz