Conor Benn charged by UKAD
On April 20, 2023, the British Boxing Board of Control released a statement to confirm that professional boxer Conor Benn has been charged by UKAD.
Staements from the BBBofC and UKAD below:
BBBofC Conor Benn Statement
The British Boxing Board of Control Limited (“BBBoC”) refers to a statement published today, 20 April 2023, by UK Anti-Doping (“UKAD”) (https://www.ukad.org.uk/news/statement-uk-anti-doping-conor-benn-vada-test). As stated therein, the BBBoC can confirm that Conor Benn has been charged by UKAD with an Article 2.2 violation for the alleged Use of a Prohibited Substance.
The BBBoC relies upon UKAD to ensure that professional boxers comply with the UKAD Rules (as incorporated into the BBBoC’s Rules and Regulations), and awaits the outcome of the UKAD process in due course.
The BBBoC will not be making any further comment at this time.
UKAD Statements on Conor Benn
April 20, 2023
A UKAD spokesperson, said: “Following a public consultation in late 2020, and having considered the results of that consultation, UKAD’s Board decided in February 2021 that UKAD will not routinely publicly disclose the fact that an Athlete has been charged or provisionally suspended before a charge has been resolved. However, it was also recognised that there might be limited and rare examples where it is appropriate to do so in ‘exceptional circumstances’, as set out in UKAD’s Policy on Public disclosure of provisional suspensions and charges available here.
"Following reports in the media and comments made by professional boxer Mr Conor Benn on Tuesday 18 April 2023, and in exceptional circumstances, UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) confirms that Mr Benn was notified and provisionally suspended by UKAD on 15 March 2023 in accordance with the UK Anti-Doping Rules. Whilst provisionally suspended Mr Benn is prohibited from participating in any capacity (or assisting another Athlete in any capacity) in a Competition, Event or activity that is organised, convened, authorised or recognised by the British Boxing Board of Control or any other World Anti-Doping Code-compliant sport.
"UKAD can also confirm that on 3 April 2023 it charged Mr Benn with an Article 2.2 violation for the alleged Use of a Prohibited Substance (clomifene). The charge against Mr Benn is pending and will now follow the Results Management process in accordance with the UK Anti-Doping Rules.
"UKAD issues this statement in accordance with its Policy on Public disclosure of provisional suspensions and charges and Articles 7.10.7 and 7.11.5 of the UK Anti-Doping Rules. UKAD will not be providing any further comment at this stage.”
October 6, 2022
UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) Chief Executive, Jane Rumble said, “UKAD notes the reporting of a failed VADA test by the boxer Conor Benn with concern. UKAD acts on all reports of doping and always encourages anyone with information on suspected doping activity to come forward and share that with us.”
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