British rally driver banned for eight years after refusing to provide anti-doping sample

Feb 2, 2019

A British rally driver has been banned from all sport for eight years after breaching anti-doping rules for a second time.

Paul Bird, a regular competitor on the BTRDA Rally Series, was handed the suspension by United Kingdom Anti-Doping (UKAD) after refusing to provide a urine sample at the Rallynuts Stages Rally at the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells on April 14 last year.

He had previously received a two-year ban in 2015 after testing positive for a metabolite of cocaine and diuretics.

"Mr Bird was charged with an ADRV (anti-doping rule violation) pursuant to Article 2.3 of the anti-doping rules namely, evading, refusing, or failing to submit to sample collection," UKAD said in a statement.

"It is clear in the anti-doping rules that refusing to provide a sample will be treated as seriously as a failed test," UKAD chief executive Nicole Sapstead said.


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