Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has today confirmed that English athlete Robert Myring-Thomson has been suspended from all sport for four years following two Anti-Doping Rule Violations (‘ADRVs’). In February 2017, a package that contained Stanozolol, an anabolic steroid, was intercepted by Border Force. The package was addressed to Myring-Thomson, who was registered at Guildford and Godalming Athletics Club.
Mr Myring-Thomson was interviewed by UKAD on 13 March 2017. On 31 March, he was charged by UKAD with having committed two Anti-Doping Rule Violations; “Attempted Use of a Prohibited Substance” pursuant to IAAF ADR Rule 32.2(b), and “Possession of a Prohibited Substance” pursuant to the IAAF ADR Rule 32.2(f).
Mr Myring-Thomson has admitted committing these two ADRVs and is banned from all sport from 20 February 2017 to 19 February 2021. Pat Myhill, UKAD Director of Operations said:
“This case shows the importance of the work of our Intelligence and Investigations Team and their collaborative efforts with partners such as Border Force. By intercepting this package, we were able to stop an athlete taking prohibited substances that could also had negative side effects to his health. A key part of our anti-doping programme is the use of intelligence and information from a wide range of sources. Any information related to doping activity – however small – can make a difference in our fight to protect clean sport. We encourage anyone with information relating to doping, to report it via 08000 322332 or reportdoping.com.”
• This media release was originally published by UK Anti-Doping on 3 October 2017. To access the original, please click here.
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