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LONDON: Every one of Britain’s 900 Olympic and Paralympic athlets will be tested for banned drugs at least once ahead of the London 2012 Games it was announced on Wednesday.

Although the UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) would not specify how many tests they will carry out, they said their target is for every British athlete selected for the Games to provide at least one sample for analysis.

At least 10 percent of these will be blood tests for substances such as the banned blood-boosting agent EPO and human growth hormone. UKAD chief executive Andy Parkinson said: “Tests will be planned using our intelligence-based testing approach which utilises intelligence gathered from a wide range of sources and focuses the allocation of tests around where they will have maximum impact in terms of deterrence and detection. UKAD said the majority of tests would be attempted through no-advance notice, out-of-competition test.