UK Anti-Doping, the national anti-doping organisation, has confirmed that athlete Carl Fletcher has received a four-year anti-doping suspension.
Fletcher was today (21 November 2011) sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court for drug offences, including supplying 16 types of Class C substances. His offence involved the supply of a number of anabolic steroids, including testosterone, human growth hormone and Trenbolone, all of which are banned under the World Anti-Doping Code. He was given a nine month sentence.
Fletcher, who was provisionally suspended from all competition on 8 November 2011, is banned from participation in sport until 7 November 2015.
UK Anti-Doping’s intelligence unit has been working closely with Merseyside Police and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) throughout this operation, which has led to the UK’s first trafficking violation.
UK Anti-Doping Chief Executive Andy Parkinson said: “This case proves the invaluable role that law enforcement agencies have in the fight against doping in sport and demonstrates that our intelligence system is working effectively.
“I would like to thank the Merseyside Police and SOCA for their vital assistance in helping our Intelligence team with this case. By attacking the supply chain and those that supply performance enhancing substances, we stand a better chance of protecting the right of the clean athletes to compete in doping-free sport.”