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Thursday 03, Nov 2016

  British Amateur Cyclists Banned For Four Years

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British Amateur Cyclists Banned For Four Years

UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has announced Ian Edmonds, a 41-year-old amateur cyclist, has been suspended from all sport for four years following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation. The anti-doping agency also announced a 46-year-old amateur cyclist, Robin Townsend, has been banned for four years following an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) for recombinant erythropoietin (EPO).

Edmonds admitted to the ‘Attempted Use of a Prohibited Substance’ and ‘Refusing to Submit to Sample Collection’ during an interview with UKAD on 6 June 2016. This was after 20 capsules of Testosterone and 100 tablets of Nandrolone were seized by the UK Border Force on 10 April 2016. This parcel of anabolic steroids was addressed to Edmonds, who was a member of Mapperley Cycling Club.

UKAD Director of Operations, Pat Myhill, commented the ordering of Prohibited Substances online by those subject to the anti-doping rules continues to be a major concern for UKAD. Myhill added whether they are obtained in an attempt to improve sporting performance or for aesthetic purposes, a significant threat is posed to both clean sport and public health and also said ordering Prohibited Substances via the internet may result in a ban from all sport and, in some cases, constitute a criminal offence. The UKAD Director of Operations also said the Edmonds case is an excellent example of how we work alongside law enforcement partners to deter and detect doping in the UK by targeting the supply of illicit substances. Myhill added he would encourage anyone who has information about the purchase or supply of performance and image enhancing drugs to contact us in confidence via 08000 322332 or via reportdoping.com.  Edmonds is banned from all sport from 1 August 2016 until midnight on 1 August 2020.

Townsend, who previously rode for Team Swift, was banned for a period of four years earlier this year after he tested positive for the stimulant Modafinil, following an in-competition test at the Burton and District Cycling Alliance 100 Miles event on 5 September 2015. The same sample was re-tested for Erythropoiesis stimulating agent on 8 December 2015, as a result of intelligence being passed to UKAD and the re-analysis returned an AAF for EPO. The amateur cyclist was subsequently charged with an Anti-Doping Rule Violation pursuant to Article 2.1 of the World Anti-Doping Code – presence of a Prohibited Substance. The case was heard in front of an independent National Anti-Doping Panel and it was ruled out by the panel that the period of ineligibility of four years should run concurrently with the four-year sanction already imposed on Townsend. The amateur cyclist is banned from all sport for four years from 8 October 2015 to midnight on 7 October 2019.

Myhill added the receipt and use of information and intelligence is critical to delivering an effective anti-doping program. The UKAD Director of Operations said we received intelligence in the case of Robin Townsend, which we assessed and acted upon by undertaking additional analysis of the original sample and added this has resulted in a further adverse analytical finding.

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Thursday 26, Jun 2014

  Irish Sprinter Withdrawn Over EPO Positive Test

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Irish Sprinter Withdrawn Over EPO Positive Test

Steven Colvert, the Irish sprinter who was set to compete in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay in the European Team Championships in Tallinn, has been forced to withdraw because of an adverse finding for EPO in an out of competition test on May 20.

The “A” sample of Colvert was found to have an “adverse analytical finding” for the substance “recombinant erythropoietin”, which is commonly known as EPO. Erythropoietin is generally used by athletes, especially distance runners, to improve performance. In the London 2012 Olympics, the Crusaders athlete narrowly missed out in the 200m by two hundredths of a second, running 20.57 seconds, just short of the 20.55 required. Colvert vehemently denied taking any banned substance and wants to get his ‘B’ sample tested to clear his name.

Colvert, a third year law student in DCU, remarked he was in an exam in DCU on May 20 when drugs testers from the Irish Sports Council met him outside the exam hall and notified  him that he had to take an out of competition test and he duly provided urine and blood samples. Colvert said he thought nothing of it until he was informed on June 17 that there had been an adverse analytical finding for EPO in the urine sample only. The athlete, who has season’s bests of 20.90 for the 200m and 10.58 for the 100m, said it all just feels like a really bad dream or a horrible prank and added he does not take any supplements except for during that exam period where he took a generic multivitamin [Activ-Max], which can be bought off the shelf in Aldi because he was feeling run down from his exams and added he also took an iron supplement called Galfer which  he purchased over the counter in a pharmacy. Colvert remarked he took one tablet of each supplement two days before the test.

The Irish sprinter added he normally doesn’t take any supplements and he sources protein from whole foods such as eggs, meat, and cheese. Steven Colvert added he does not take any recovery or energy drinks or creatine or any supplements in general. The sprinter added he is going to seek to have the B sample tested along with giving his full co-operation to the Irish Sports Council and all the relevant bodies involved in the investigations and he is happy to provide any extra drugs tests, provide financial statements and take any forensic test above and beyond what’s required in order to vindicate his name as he firmly believes there has been some sort of error or false positive. Colvert went on to add that he is part of the program in which they keep all of his samples for 10 years and he is happy to go back and let them test every single sample ever provided – both in competition and out of competition. He also remarked the natural inclination of a majority of people is to think that a person with a failed ‘A’ sample is guilty but there are a number of cases in the past where an ‘A’ sample has been a false positive.

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