Decision: UK Anti-Doping v Paul Bird
On 14 April 2017, rally driver Paul Bird was selected to provide an In-Competition test following the third stage of the British Trial and Rally Drivers Association BTRDA Gold star Rally Championships, however Mr Bird did not give a sample. He was subsequently charged with an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) for Evading to submit to sample collection under Anti-Doping Rule (ADR) Article 2.3.
UKAD sought to establish that Mr Bird refused, without compelling justification, to submit to sample collection and that his conduct was intentional. After assessing Mr Bird’s conduct, the NADP Tribunal consisting of Christopher Quinlan QC (Chairman), Lorraine Johnson, and Dr Tim Rogers determined the applicable period of Ineligibility to be imposed should be 8 years, as this was Mr Bird’s second Anti-Doping Rule Violation.
Mr Bird’s ban will run from 11 July 2018, the date of notification of the charge, until midnight on 10 July 2026.
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The National Anti-Doping Panel (NADP) is the United Kingdom’s independent tribunal responsible for adjudicating anti-doping disputes in sport. It is operated by Sport Resolutions and is entirely independent of UK Anti-Doping, who are responsible for investigating, charging and prosecuting cases before the NADP.