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Athletics: Scottish athletes given unprecedented education to guard against doping

By the time Glasgow 2014 gets under way next month, Team Scotland will have undergone the most comprehensive anti-doping programme to be implemented before a Commonwealth Games.

It has been confirmed that UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) will work alongside each of the four home nations in an effort to co-ordinate anti-doping efforts in the run up to the Games. The UKAD has already provided training in Scotland, with programmes made available to athletes and their support teams.

Mike Whittingham, director of high performance at the sportscotland institute of sport, has acknowledged that Scottish athletes have benefited from that increased education about inadvertent doping.

"We are committed to ensuring Scottish athletes have access to a system of world-class preparation and support," said Whittingham. "Of course, under the principle of strict liability, the ultimate responsibility rests with the athletes and they have been left in no doubt that ignorance is no longer an acceptable excuse.

"We all want to see medals won fairly and squarely. Thanks to the rigorous testing and education processes in place, we are doing everything we can to ensure that."

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