Doping ban for Risca body-builder is backed

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SPORT Wales has backed the decision by the UK Anti-Doping Agency to ban a Risca body-builder for life.

UKAD, alongside Gwent Police, have found Philip Tinklin to be in breach of three anti-doping rule violations following a police investigation into the trafficking of anabolic steroids.

His 20-year-old daughter Sophie, an amateur boxer, has also been banned for four years.

The independent National Anti-Doping Panel found both to be in breach of the following anti-doping rules:

l Possession of one or more Prohibited Substances;

l Trafficking or Attempting Trafficking of Prohibited Substances;

l Assisting, encouraging, aiding, abetting or covering up or any other type of complicity involving an anti-doping rule violation or attempted anti-doping rule violation.

A statement on UKAD’s website said the panel found Mr Tinklin’s involvement in the sport of boxing amounted to transporting his own and other children to Welsh Amateur Boxing Association (WABA) events and competitions and as a result, he is bound by the anti-doping rules.

Sport Wales provides funding for WABA. A spokesman for the organisation said: “We fully support the action UKDA have taken based on the evidence they have gathered. This sends a clear message that those supplying performance enhancing drugs will face the maximum punishment available.”

Cardiff Crown Court heard in January this year that Mr Tinkin, who was 43 at the time, had used the body-building drug for many years and that a substantial quantity of steroids were recovered from his home in Cwrt yr Ysgol.

He pleaded guilty to one count of supplying anabolic steroids between October 2011 and July 2012.

Judge David Williams gave Tinklin a 12-month conditional discharge, but he has now received a sports lifetime ban.

Detective Constable Mick Lumsden, from Gwent Police, added: “Gwent Police investigates all reports of drug supply. We are happy to share information with partners such as UKAD.”

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