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Global collaboration leads to positive finding

The Bermuda Sport Anti Doping Authority (BSADA) has announced that British cyclist Damien Sharp received a two-year sanction following an anti-doping rule violation.

Mr Sharp tested positive for the use of erythropoietin (EPO) following an in-competition test on 17 July 2011, at an event organised by the Bermuda Bicycle Association.

The test was conducted in co-operation with UK Anti-Doping and USADA, the US Anti-Doping Agency, clearly demonstrating that anti-doping organisations worldwide work together to share information.

Sharp waived his right to a hearing and accepted the proposed two year sanction, commencing 18 August 2011 and ending at midnight on 17 August 2013.

UK Anti-Doping Chief Executive Andy Parkinson said:  “Through the collaborative work of three national anti-doping organisations, BSADA has successfully handed a two-year sanction to this athlete.

“In the countdown to next year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games, this suspension underlines that the fight against doping in sport is being fought on a global level and that our information sharing capabilities continue to grow.”

BSADA Executive Director Cathy Belvedere added: “This case highlights the importance of cooperation between national anti-doping organisations and how information sharing can be used to successfully identify and ultimately bring sanctions to doping athletes.”

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