Press releases 12th August 2019

Motorsport athlete Newman banned for two years

Motorsport athlete, Peter Newman, has been suspended from all sport for a period of two years following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV). Mr Newman tested positive for the presence of the prohibited substance carboxy-THC (a metabolite of cannabis), following an in-competition test at the 2018 Tuto Money Super One British Karting Championship at the PF International Kart Circuit, on 30 September 2018.

Carboxy-THC is listed under section S8 of the WADA 2018 Prohibited List as a cannabinoid. It is a Specified Substance that is prohibited In-Competition only. Mr Newman 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’s Chief Executive, Nicole Sapstead, said: “It is the responsibility of all athletes to ensure they are aware of which substances are banned both in and out of competition and adhere to these rules. This also includes being aware that some substances can remain in the body for significant periods of time, even if taken legally out of competition. It is essential that athletes adhere to anti-doping rules; substances can not only be performance enhancing, but their use can genuinely threaten the welfare of the athlete in question and their competitors.” The period of ineligibility shall apply from the date of sample collection (30 September 2018) until midnight on 29 September 2020.

• This media release was published by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) on 12 August 2019. Click here for the original, and click here for the full decision.

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