20th November 2018

Athlete banned for four years

British sprinter Nigel Levine has been suspended from all sport for a period of four years following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV). Mr Levine tested positive for the presence of the prohibited substance clenbuterol, an Anabolic Agent, following an Out-of-Competition test on 24 November 2017. Mr Levine was charged with an ADRV pursuant to Article 2.1 of the Anti-Doping Rules – “Presence of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an Athlete’s Sample”.

UKAD Chief Executive, Nicole Sapstead, said: “All athletes must adhere to the principle of strict liability, and are solely responsible for any substances found in their system. Mr Levine is an elite athlete, who has competed at the Olympic Games, European and World Championships, and has received significant anti-doping education throughout his career. It is up to role models such as Mr Levine to uphold the highest standards  when it comes to anti-doping, ensuring they check all supplements thoroughly and are 100 per cent certain they know that what they are consuming is not prohibited.”

The period of ineligibility shall apply from the date of provisional suspension (13 December 2017) until midnight on 12 December 2021. To read the full judgement, please click here (click here to download).

• This media release was published by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) on 20 November 2018. Click here for the original.

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