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Boxer John Donnelly banned following anti-doping rule violation

UK Anti-Doping has confirmed that professional boxer John Donnelly has been suspended from all competition for two years following an anti-doping rule violation.

Mr Donnelly tested positive for benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine, following an in-competition test on 9 November 2012 and was provisionally suspended from all competition on 27 November 2012.

The athlete is banned from all competition from 27 November 2012 to 26 November 2014. The full written decision can be found on the UK Anti-Doping website at

Notes to Editors:

Some substance categories and all methods are prohibited during both the in- and out-of-competition periods, i.e. at all times. Other substance categories are prohibited during the in-competition period only.
Unless otherwise stated, the in-competition period begins twelve hours before a competition and finishes at the end of any associated testing. This means that an athlete should not have any substance that is prohibited in-competition, in their system during that time. Some events may declare a different in-competition period, for example during major events such as from when the Athletes' Village opens.  ‘Out-of-competition’ is regarded as any other time.

Cocaine is prohibited under category S.6a, non-specified stimulants, of the Prohibited List.
Non-specified substances are those where there is no non-doping explanation for having these substances in an athlete’s system.
Stimulants act on the brain to increase alertness and physical activity stimulating the body both mentally and physically.  They act on the central and/or peripheral nervous system to increase heart rate, breathing rate, and brain function. Some stimulants affect only a specific organ, such as the heart, lungs or brain and some are highly addictive.