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Games hit by Welsh doping charge

ESPN staff
July 25, 2014
Rhys Williams: "I am utterly devastated about the news of this anti-doping rule violation" © Getty Images

Wales athletics captain Rhys Williams has been kicked out of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and handed a mandatory provisional suspension from all competition after breaching anti-doping rules.

The European 400 metres hurdles champion becomes the second Welshman to face an anti-doping violation after Gareth Warburton was suspended for a similar offence.

"I am utterly devastated about the news of this anti-doping rule violation, which has come as a great shock to me," Williams told reporters.

"As a professional athlete, I have always supported and have been an advocate of clean sport.

"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."

A Team Wales statement said: "The athlete 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."

The statement also said that the charge follows an in-competition test at the Glasgow Grand Prix on July 11.

The suspension adds to a growing list of woes for Team Wales who have endured a frustrating build up to the Commonwealth Games.

Olympic silver medallist Fred Evans was omitted after refused accreditation while Ashley Barnes missed out due to her kickboxing background.

Non Stanford, Helen Jenkins, Becky James and Faye Pittman were also ruled out due to injury.

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