Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones said the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games would be the cleanest Games ever.

Minister Jones said the Games, in April next year, would involve a comprehensive drug testing program and the long term storage of test samples.

“Athletes will undergo thorough drug testing before, during and after the Games.

“As part of the anti-doping regime, drug samples will be placed in long-term storage for future testing.

“That means athletes can be tested after the Games.

“We want our Games to be the safest and most successful ever and we will not tolerate drug cheats.”

Ms Jones said the Commonwealth Games Federation and the Australian Sports-Anti-Doping Agency, ASADA, would share their intelligence with law enforcement agencies to track down and prosecute those dealing and using banned substances.

“Drug cheats should not be tolerated at any level of sport. Athletes work extremely hard to get to the Games and they deserve a level playing field.

“I commend the Commonwealth Games Federation and ASADA on their commitment to ensure our Games are of the highest integrity.

“The measures we have put in place means our athletes and the many thousands of international competitors can compete with confidence on the Gold Coast next year.

“It’s going to be a game changer.”