Warburton to miss Commonwealth Games after dope charge

Wed Jul 16, 2014 9:10am EDT

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

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

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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)

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