11/05/2013 11:05 EST | Updated 01/23/2014 10:52 EST

Doping athletes targeted by new anonymous phone tip line

Canada's Olympic committees and the federal government are contributing nearly $1 million for a telephone hotline that tipsters can use anonymously to report athletes suspected of doping.

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) is running the Report Doping Hotline (1-800-710-CCES), funded by Ottawa, the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee, it was announced Tuesday morning at Carleton University in Ottawa.

“Today’s news will allow us to increase our focus on intelligence gathering and investigations to stay ahead of sophisticated doping strategies, as well as expand the Whereabouts and Athlete Biological Passport Programs,” said CCES president Paul Melia.

“With increased intelligence, we can test the right athlete, at the right place and at the right time. This is a huge win for fair and clean sport.”

Bal Gosal, Canada's minister of state for sport, also attended the announcement.