Thu, March 01, 2018

Decision: UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) v David Burrell


  • Sport: Athletics
  • Issue: Arbitration
  • Type: Anti-Doping
  • Tribunal: , Mr Jeremy Summers (Chair), Dr Neil Townshend, Dr Kitrina Douglas
  • Decision date: 07 February 2018
  • Outcome: The Tribunal imposed a period of Ineligibility of four years upon the Athlete

Decision Details

A decision in the case of UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) v David Burrell has been published by the National Anti-Doping Panel (NADP).

On 23 August 2017  Mr Burrell (the “Athlete”) was subject to an Out-of-Competition test. A UKAD Doping Control Officer attended the Athlete’s home to obtain a urine sample from him. The Athlete did not provide a Sample and he declined to sign the Doping Control Form to confirm that he was refusing to provide a Sample. The test was therefore abandoned without the Athlete having provided a Sample.

The NADP Tribunal noted that it was not disputed on behalf of the Athlete that an Anti-Doping Rule Violation had occurred. The Athlete, however, challenged UKAD’s contention that he had refused to submit to Sample collection. The Tribunal proceeded to consider whether the conduct of the Athlete amounted to a refusal to submit to Sample collection, or a failure to submit to Sample collection, which would affect the potential sanction.

The NADP Tribunal consisting of Jeremy Summers (Chair), Dr Kitrina Douglas and Dr Neil Townshend, determined that the Athlete had violated Article 2.3 of the IAAF Anti-Doping Rules, refusing to submit to Sample collection and imposed a period of Ineligibility of four (4) years.

Mr Burrell’s ban will run from 18 October 2017, being the date he was notified of his provisional suspension, until midnight on 17 October 2021.