UK Anti-Doping Secure First Lifetime Ban


UK Anti-Doping (“UKAD“) have secured their first lifetime ban from sport after successfully prosecuting two individuals for multiple anti-doping rule violations.

Earlier this year Philip Tinklin was convicted by Cardiff Crown Court for conspiring to supply anabolic steroids.

Despite not being officially affiliated to any sporting organisation, Philip Tinklin’s involvement in the sport of boxing - transporting his own and other children to Welsh Amateur Boxing Association events - was found to be sufficient for him to be classified as “Athlete Support Personnel”, bringing him under the jurisdiction of UKAD.

The independent National Anti-Doping Panel found Tinklin to be in breach of the following anti-doping rules:

  •  Possession of one or more prohibited substances;
  • Trafficking or attempted trafficking of prohibited substances; and
  • Assisting, encouraging, aiding, abetting or covering up or any other type of complicity involving an anti-doping rule violation or any attempted anti-doping rule violation.

Philip Tinklin was banned for life.

Tinklin’s daughter Sophie, an amateur boxing champion, was also found in breach and received a four year ban after the Anti-Doping Tribunal rejected the argument that she was not aware of “what essentially amounted to the family business of anabolic steroid supply”.

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