Risca man received lifetime sports ban

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A RISCA body-builder has become the first man ever to receive a lifetime ban from sports from the UK Anti-Doping Agency.

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 daughter Sophie, 20, 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:

Possession of one or more Prohibited Substances;

Trafficking or Attempting Trafficking of Prohibited Substances;

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

Andy Parkinson, UK Anti-Doping Chief Executive, said: “This is another landmark case for UK Anti-Doping – a first lifetime ban for a support person and a significant illustration of the value of our ongoing collaboration with the law enforcement community.

“In 2009, UKAD set out to be an intelligence-led anti-doping organisation. Today shows how far we have come in achieving that aim and underlines the direction the anti-doping community is moving in. I would like to thank Gwent Police for their crucial role in this case and again underline the vital work of law enforcement in the fight against doping.

"Anyone involved in the trafficking of performance enhancing substances has no place in sport.”

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.

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. Steroid supply has enormous financial gain whilst affecting the health of others and we are happy to share information with partners such as UKAD to ensure the practice is disrupted.”

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