07/25 06:17 CDT Euro hurdles champ out of Comm Games for doping
Euro hurdles champ out of Comm Games for doping
AP Sports Writer
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) --- European 400-meter hurdles champion Rhys Williams
was ruled out of the Commonwealth Games on Friday after becoming the second
Welsh athlete suspended for a doping offense this month.
Williams, co-captain of the Welsh track and field team, has been suspended from
all competition after being charged with an anti-doping violation at the
Glasgow Grand Prix on July 11. He finished sixth in the 400 hurdles at the
Diamond League meet.
Details of the violation were not disclosed.
"I am utterly devastated about the news of this anti-doping rule violation,
which has come as a great shock to me," Williams said on his website. "From the
outset, I would strongly like to state that I have not knowingly taken any
banned substance. As a professional athlete, I have always supported and have
been an advocate of clean sport."
The 30-year-old Williams, son of Welsh rugby great J.J. Williams, won the
European title in Helsinki in 2012 and bronze at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in
"I recognize that the responsibility for this situation lies with me and I'm
committed to working with U.K. Anti-Doping and will fully cooperate in the
legal process," Williams said.
Welsh teammate Gareth Warburton, who had been due to compete in the 800 meters
at the Commonwealth Games, is also going through a U.K. Anti-Doping
disciplinary procedure after being charged with anti-doping offenses last week.
"Welsh Athletics is obviously concerned that this is the second anti-doping
violation by a senior Welsh international athlete and will be conducting its
own internal review," Welsh Athletics said in a statement.