UK Anti-Doping, the national anti-doping organisation, has confirmed that the suspension of British cyclist Dan Staite was the result of information received from an outside source.
Following corroboration and research by UK Anti-Doping’s intelligence unit, target testing was subsequently carried out which resulted in the positive finding leading to the two-year ban.
The finding was declared on a urine sample collected from Mr Staite at the Roy Thame Cup, a National B event on 13 March 2010. It showed presence of Erythropoietin (EPO) and an aromatase inhibitor, both of which are prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency. An anti-doping rule violation was confirmed and the National Anti-Doping Panel consequently suspended Staite from competition in line with the UK Anti-Doping Rules adopted by British Cycling.
UK Anti-Doping argued for increasing the ban to 4 years due to the aggravated circumstances of the case. In this instance, whilst the Panel sympathised with UK Anti-Doping they decided against doing so on this occasion.
UK Anti-Doping Chief Executive Andy Parkinson, said, “This decision clearly points to an athlete who chose to cheat his way to achieving his sporting aims. As a result of effective collaboration with other partners and our analysis of intelligence from external sources we executed a testing strategy that resulted in a cheating athlete being banned from sport. Our only disappointment in this case is that the panel did not extend the ban to four years.”
British Cycling’s Chair of Anti-Doping Commission Bob Howden said, “We are naturally disappointed that a cyclist has been found guilty of doping; however, this case shows that the comprehensive testing programme that operates at all levels of the sport is delivering results.
“We have a no-tolerance policy towards doping and we are committed to working closely with UK Anti-Doping to eradicate the use of performance enhancing substances from our sport. Mr Staite’s example is a warning to all athletes, both amateur and professional, that cheats will be caught and that cycling must be, and must be seen to be, a drug-free sport.”