Press releases 24th December 2015

Paul Bird Given Two Year Ban for Cocaine & Diuretics

UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) today confirmed that rally driver, Paul Bird, has been suspended from all sport for two years following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV). The Cumbrian rally driver tested positive for benzoylecgonine (a metabolite of cocaine) and furosemide (a diuretic) following an in-competition test, after his win at the Nicky Grist Stages Event on 11 July 2015.

Bird, who owns and competed for the Paul Bird Motorsport team, has been suspended from all sport for two years from 11 July 2015 until midnight on 10 July 2017. UKAD’s Director of Legal, Graham Arthur said: “Every athlete must adhere to the principal of strict liability; they are solely responsible for what is in their system regardless of how it got there. This principal can be challenging for athletes but they must ensure they take the appropriate steps to manage the risk at all times.”

The full written decision can be found under current rule violations.

• This media release was originally published by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) on 24 December 2015. To access the original, please click here.

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