Joanna Blair: Nice Britain javelin thrower banned for 4 years
British javelin thrower Joanna Blair has been banned for 4 years after testing constructive for anabolic steroids.
Blair, who gained the British title in 2016, mentioned she had unintentionally ingested them from a contaminated complement purchased on-line.
The 31-year-old has been banned till July 2021 by UK Anti-Doping (Ukad).
“This case demonstrates that there are critical penalties to an anti-doping rule violation,” Ukad chief government Nicole Sapstead mentioned.
“Past the performance-enhancing qualities of steroids, there are vital well being dangers related to their use, together with kidney failure, liver harm and an elevated threat of strokes and coronary heart assaults.”
Blair was given an out of competitors check whereas representing Nice Britain on the European Athletics Workforce Championships in France in June 2017.
She was examined on 24 June final yr and handed a provisional suspension by Ukad the next month.
She mentioned she had ingested metandienone – a banned substance – by means of contaminated creatine which she had purchased from an internet site.
She mentioned she believed it was free from prohibited substances.
Blair accepted she bore some fault, however argued she had not obtained any formal anti-doping training nor had entry to a nutritionist or physician as a non-elite athlete.
Ukad didn’t settle for her rationalization.
“It follows that on the proof earlier than us we’re sure to conclude that the respondent has not discharged her burden to ascertain the anti-doping rule violation was not intentional,” an anti-doping unbiased tribunal mentioned in its report.