Javelin thrower and coach Ian Burns receives four-year anti-doping ban

UK Anti-Doping confirms Ian Burns has been banned from all competition for four years under UK Athletics anti-doping rules

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A police collaboration has led to a four-year anti-doping ban for javelin thrower and coach Ian Burns.

UK Anti-Doping has confirmed that the 35-year-old was found to have committed multiple anti-doping rule violations as a result of information being passed on to UK Anti-Doping’s intelligence unit by police.

As a result Burns, who was a member of the Gateshead Harriers and has a PB of 69.57m from 2009, has been banned from all competition for four years under the UK Athletics anti-doping rules.

UK Anti-Doping chief executive Andy Parkinson said: “Possession of banned substances is a serious offence, particularly in light of the fact that Mr Burns acts as a coach and personal trainer, reflected by the length of ban the independent panel chose to hand down.

“This case reiterates the fact that the rules of doping are not confined to testing and that we will continue to work with partners to ensure that clean athletes are protected.”

Police raided Burns’ home in autumn 2011 in relation to non-doping related offences, and in the course of that raid discovered significant amounts of various banned substances. Burns admitted to the police that these were for his own use, and was not prosecuted in respect of those substances.

The national anti-doping panel found the 34-year-old guilty of possession of multiple substances including stanozolol, testosterone and human growth hormone, as well as guilty of use and attempted use of substances including methandienone, stanozolol, testosterone, nandrolone, human growth hormone and tamoxifen.

His ban from all competition is in force until May 19, 2016. The panel has also ordered that all his results obtained from September 1, 2010, until August 31, 2011, are disqualified.

For more on this story see the UK Anti-Doping website.

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