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Thu, September 08, 2022

UK Anti-Doping v Shaun Leonard

UK Anti-Doping v Shaun Leonard

A decision in the matter of UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) v Shaun Leonard has been published by the National Anti-Doping Panel (NADP).

On 27 August 2018, Mr Shaun Leonard, a cyclist registered with Cycling Time Trials, was stopped by Swiss Customs at the Swiss/Italian border and upon searching his motor car found and seized Prohibited Substances. On 17 October 2019, Mr Leonard was convicted before the Criminal Court of the Canton of Ticino in Switzerland, of a criminal offence described in Article 19a of the Federal Law on doping. 

Mr Leonard was subsequently charged on 24 June 2022, with a breach of ADR Articles 2.2 for the Use or Attempted Use of one or more of the(seized) Prohibited Substances, and ​2.6 for Possession of one or more of the (seized) Prohibited Substances. Mr Leonard disputed jurisdiction by way of County Court proceedings. On 26 May 2022, the County Court of Manchester (HHJ Evans) ordered Mr Leonard’s claim to be stayed until the conclusion of the NADP proceedings, as he was subject to Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs). The NADP Tribunal, which consisted of Christopher Quinlan QC (Chair), Professor Isla Mackenzie, and Professor Gordon McInnes found Mr Leonard had committed the ADRV’s in relation to ADR Articles 2.2 and 2.6. A period of Ineligibility of four years was imposed commencing on 24 June 2020 and ending 23:59 on 23 June 2024.

A copy of the full decision can be accessed via the related documents tab on the right-hand side. 

The National Anti-Doping Panel (NADP) is the United Kingdom’s independent tribunal responsible for adjudicating anti-doping disputes in sport. It is operated by Sport Resolutions and is entirely independent of UK Anti-Doping who is responsible for investigating, charging and prosecuting cases before the NADP.

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