UKAD Suspends Conor Benn After Winning Their Appeal

UKAD has suspended Conor Benn after the testing agency and the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) won their appeal.

The appeal removed the National Anti-Doping Agency’s decision to lift Benn’s suspension following his failed VADA tests for Clomiphene. The results meant Benn’s fight with Chris Eubank Jr. was called off. The initial decision of the Anti-Doping Panel (NADP) meant Benn could fight outside the UK. He fought twice in the US, winning against Rodolfo Orozco and Peter Dobson. The decision means Benn must clear his name under the Board. Strict liability means boxers are responsible for what they put in their system. If Benn cannot prove his innocence, a ban could follow. 

“UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) can today confirm that as of 7 May 2024, Mr Benn is once again subject to a provisional suspension 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 and the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) were successful in their respective appeals of a decision handed down by a tribunal of the independent National Anti-Doping Panel in July 2023. Mr Benn’s provisional suspension was reimposed by the appeal tribunal following the successful appeals. Mr Benn’s case remains before the independent National Anti-Doping Panel and the case will now progress in accordance with the UK Anti-Doping Rules. UKAD is not able to make any further public disclosures at this time,” UKAD

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