TWICKENHAM, England - Britain's anti-doping agency is stepping up intelligence operations to weed out drug cheats ahead of the 2012 London Olympics.
Former police officers have been employed by U.K. Anti-Doping to investigate networks and individuals suspected of providing banned substances to athletes.
UKAD chairman David Kenworthy said its intelligence unit was set up 18 months ago and is getting more and more useful information. UKAD set up a confidential hotline last year to receive tips on suspicious activities.
“They are getting more used to the way of working,” he said.
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The latest move to clamp down on doping at the games comes in the week organizers marked the 500-day countdown to the Olympics and launched online ticket sales.
British Sports Minister Hugh Robertson said doping is the “most serious threat” to the popularity of the games.
Officials expect to conduct 5,000 doping tests at the London Games, compared to 4,500 at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.