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Monday 15, Oct 2012

  British Shot Putter Carl Fletcher Banned

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British Shot Putter Carl Fletcher Banned

A four-year ban has been imposed on British shot putter Carl Fletcher after he was convicted of trafficking in doping substances. The shot putter was sentenced to a jail term of nine months at Liverpool Crown Court for offenses including the supply of anabolic steroids.

Fletcher supplied 16 types of class C substances, including the supply of anabolic steroids, including testosterone, human growth hormone, and Trenbolone, all of which are banned under the World Anti-Doping Agency code. The ban on Fletcher is backdated to November 9, 2011 and he is banned from participation in sport until November 7, 2015. The WADA code provides for a minimum ban of four years for trafficking or administering the provision of a banned substance.

UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) chief executive, Andy Parkinson, said the case of Carl Fletcher was a major landmark for UK Anti-Doping and a real breakthrough as UKAD is actually cutting doping off at the source. He added that UK Anti-Doping worked closely Merseyside Police and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) throughout the operation to help bring the first trafficking violation of the United Kingdom. Parkinson further added that this case proves the invaluable role that law enforcement agencies have in the fight against doping in sport and highlights that the intelligence system is working effectively.

Fletcher set a personal best of 18.70 meters in 2011 and competed for Woodford Green with Essex Ladies. The shot putter had pleaded guilty to possessing Class C drugs with intent to supply and was one of five men receiving jail sentences, two of whom were serving Merseyside Police officers, one of whom was Carl Fletcher’s uncle, David Fletcher.

During 2011, information was received by UK Anti-Doping from sources including the Report Doping in Sport hotline, about Fletcher, who owned a sports supplement shop in the North West. This shop was later raided as part of a police operation, and the shot putter was charged with the supply of classified substances under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

Carl Fletcher admitted to his criminal charges on 21 October 2011 for possession of many controlled drugs with intent to supply. Information obtained from the police that was passed to the legal team of UK Anti-Doping was sufficient to charge Carl Fletcher with an anti-doping rule violation for trafficking of substances on the Prohibited List.  Fletcher and four other males were sentenced on 21 November 2011 for their involvement in a steroid drug ring and the shot putter was sentenced to nine months in prison. At the same time, UK Anti-Doping imposed a four-year ban on Fletcher from sport for trafficking performance enhancing drugs.

He becomes the fourth British shot putter to be punished in less than two years for a doping violation. During an out-of-competition test in February 2010, Jamie Stevenson and Keiren Kelly were banned for a period of two years after they refused to provide a urine sample. In August 2010, a one-year suspension was handed to Rachel Wallender that was later reduced to four months on appeal after he tested positive for the stimulant methylhexaneamine.

British shot putter Carl Fletcher banned

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Tuesday 07, Dec 2010

  British Olympics hopefuls banned

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British Olympics hopefuls bannedJamie Stevenson and Kieren Kelly, two British shot putters, have been banned for a period of two years for violating anti-doping rules, as per UK athletics.

The two refused to undertake an out-of-competition test at Loughborough University on 9 January 2010 and were charged by UK Anti-Doping.

Kelly, 24, and Stevenson, 20, had been considered decent prospects for the London 2012 Olympics.