Wednesday 22 May 2019

Irish Paralympic medallist given lengthy ban for doping violation

James Brown with his bronze medal from London 2012
James Brown with his bronze medal from London 2012

David Smith

Paralympic cyclist James Brown has been given a two and a half year ban for a doping violation.

The 51 year old - who is a London 2012 bronze medallist -  admitted to the offence, and Sport Ireland and Cycling Ireland  announced the decision today.

Brown violated Article 2.3 of the Irish Anti-Doping Rules, which is defined as evading sample collection, or without compelling justification, refusing or failing to submit to sample collection after notification as authorised under these rules or other anti-doping rules.

His suspension came into force on February 24, 2016 and ends on August 23, 2018.

Brown could have faced a four year ban, but his degree of fault and the seriousness of the violation mean that it has been reduced to two and a half years.

Brown and his sighted pilot Damien Shaw finished in the final podium position at London 2012 in the tandem road time trial.

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