UK launches anti-doping hot line before 2012 games

Published Jun. 2, 2010 2:25 p.m. ET

Britain has launched a confidential telephone hot line to help catch drug cheats before the 2012 London Olympics.

The initiative was formally launched Wednesday by the UK Anti-Doping agency, an independent body formed six months ago to clamp down on the use and trafficking of banned performance-enhancing drugs.

The hot line will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Callers are urged to ``pass on information about the use, supply or trafficking of doping substances.''

The government's new Sports and Olympics Minister, Hugh Robertson, says ``there is no greater threat to the integrity of London's Olympics than doping.''