Record number of drug tests planned at London Games

LONDON (Reuters) - A record 5,000 drugs tests will be carried out at the 2012 London Olympics, Games organizers said on Wednesday.

The London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) said a further 1,200 tests would be conducted at the Paralympic Games.

"We need to have a strong message that drugs cheats are not welcome at the London Games," Debbie Jevans, LOCOG's director of sport, said in a statement.

LOCOG signed a memorandum of understanding with UK Anti-Doping on Wednesday to help deliver the drug testing program.

(Reporting by Toby Davis; Editing by John Mehaffey)