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Wheelchair basketball player banned for two years following test refusal

UK Anti-Doping has confirmed that wheelchair basketball player Jack Gibbs has been suspended from all competition for two years following an anti-doping rule violation.

Mr Gibbs admitted refusing to provide a urine sample for doping control whilst competing at the British Wheelchair Basketball Super League match (formerly the GBWBA) match between the GLL & Aspire London Titans and Tameside Owls 1 on 8 December 2012.

The athlete is banned from all competition from 8 January 2013 to midnight on 7 January 2015. The full written decision can be found on the UK Anti-Doping website at http://www.ukad.org.uk/anti-doping-rule-violations/current-violations/

UK Anti-Doping Chief Executive Andy Parkinson said: “Athletes must remember that testing is a vital part of clean competition and the consequences of failing to provide a sample warrant stiff penalties.

“The message to clean athletes is that when anti-doping authorities request a sample, athletes need to do everything they can to cooperate.”

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