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16 March 2016


UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) today confirmed that a former athletics coach Dr George Skafidas, has received a lifetime ban from all sport following nine Anti-Doping Rule Violations.

Skafidas was previously a UKA licensed coach and ran a training group for young athletes at the Princess Royal Sports Arena in Lincolnshire. The nine violations related to his conduct with international sprinter Bernice Wilson.

In May and June 2011 Dr Skafidas administered testosterone and other Prohibited Substances to Bernice Wilson, which resulted in the athlete testing positive following an in-competition test at the Bedford International Games on 12 June 2011.

At a hearing before a National Anti-Doping Panel on 12 and 13 September 2011, Dr Skafidas represented Ms Wilson and knowingly provided false information to the Panel. Following that hearing Ms Wilson was banned from all sport for four years.

In January and February 2015, before Ms Wilson’s return to sport, Dr Skafidas again administered Prohibited Substances to her. Despite not being eligible to compete, Ms Wilson was still subject to Anti-Doping Regulations and following an out-of-competition test on 12 February 2015 Ms Wilson tested positive for clomiphene.

Dr Skafidas then proceeded to subvert the doping control process by removing and concealing a Notice of Charge sent to Ms Wilson by UKAD and knowingly provided a false account to UKAD during his interview in Greece on 10 June 2015.

Dr Skafidas receives his lifetime ban after admitting to all nine charges which include:

1.       Administration of one or more of the following Prohibited Substances to Bernice Wilson:

    testosterone

    clenbuterol

    stanozolol

    ephedrine

2.       Possession of one or more of the following Prohibited Substances by an Athlete Support Person:

    testosterone

    clenbuterol

    stanozolol

    ephedrine

3.       Trafficking one or more of the following Prohibited Substances:

. testosterone

. clenbuterol

. stanozolol

. ephedrine

4.       Tampering by knowingly providing false information in a hearing on 12 and 13 September 2011 before a National Anti-Doping Panel

5.       Administration of one or more of the following Prohibited Substances to Bernice Wilson:

    clomiphene

    stanozolol

6.       Possession of one or more of the following Prohibited Substances by an Athlete Support Person:

    clomiphene

    stanozolol

7.       Trafficking one or more of the following Prohibited Substances:

. clomiphene

. stanozolol

8.       Tampering by knowingly removing a letter addressed to Bernice Wilson which was sent in the course of Anti-Doping proceedings in April 2015

9.       Tampering by providing a false account in an interview with representatives of UK Anti-Doping on 10 June 2015

Ms Wilson was charged with a second anti-doping rule violation following her positive test for clomiphene in February 2015. As a result of her prompt admission and the Substantial Assistance she has given UKAD, Ms Wilson will receive a 75% reduction in her sanction, from 40 months to 10 months.

Ms Wilson’s ineligibility from all sport runs from 12 February 2015 to 11 December 2015.

For a further statement, please visit the UKAD website: http://www.ukad.org.uk/