UKAD Spends Six Figures On Fury Case
Following a nearly two year battle between Tyson and Hughie Fury and the UK Anti-Doping Agency UKAD, the total cost to the UK tax payer has been revealed.
Per a report from World Boxing News, the original suspension sought by UKAD would have seen a four year ban for either Fury, but was negotiated down to a backdated ban for two years.
Fury in an interview in December with BT Sport said he has no regrets about what has happened, and is looking towards the future and putting “2017 in the rear view mirror.”
This leaves Tyson, former world heavyweight champion able to continue his career, although UKAD now has to find a way to pay the bill.
In a statement sent to World Boxing News via a response to a Freedom of Information (FOI), UKAD Chief Executive, Nicole Sapstead said:
“The money spent by UK Anti-Doping in the Fury case shows that if we determine there is evidence of doping, we will pursue a case against an athlete, coach or doctor, regardless of their public profile or status.
“In this case, two Anti-Doping Rule Violations were upheld and two-year bans given to each athlete.
“As an arm’s length body of government, we are always careful about how we spend public money, and the consistent support of the UKAD Board and the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, ensures our legal decisions are made for the right reasons and not financial ones.”
Per WBN, the total in pounds amounts to almost £600,000 as shown above, although £250,000 of that is in the process of being claimed back through insurance.
Original Story Plus FOI Request: World Boxing News