Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
The world governing body for cycling, the UCI, today confirmed that British cyclist Simon Yates has been suspended from all sport for four months following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV). Yates tested positive for the asthma medication terbutaline following an in-competition test and is banned from all sport from 12 March 2016 until midnight 11 July 2016.
UKAD Chief Executive, Nicole Sapstead said, “the case of Simon Yates serves to highlight that all athletes are responsible for what is found in their system, regardless of how it got there. In relation to medications, all athletes need to take personal responsibility for what they are being given, even when prescribed by a doctor. “UKAD encourages all athletes to check the status of medications before use via GlobalDRO.com.”
• This media release was originally published on the UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) internet site on 17 June. To view the original, click here. To view the UCI’s statement on Simon Yates’ sanction, click here.