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TommyBarnes
21 Oct 15 12:50
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Former world darts champion Richie Burnett has been banned for 18 months after testing positive for cocaine.

Welshman Burnett, 48, won the British Darts Organisation (BDO) title in 1995 but was removed from the 2015 PDC World Championship for "personal reasons".

It can now be revealed Burnett failed a drugs test and had an appeal against an 18-month ban, which runs from 3 November 2014 to 2 May 2016, dismissed.




He tested positive for cocaine at a PDC Grand Slam qualifier in Wigan.

Burnett, from the Rhondda Valley in South Wales, won the BDO World Masters in 1994 before claiming the world title the following year.

He has played on the PDC circuit for more than a decade and tested positive for the presence of benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine, following an in-competition test at Robin Parks Sports Centre in Wigan.

UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) said Burnett was suspended from all sports for 18 months, and an appeal against the ban had been rejected.

Burnett would normally have received a two-year suspension, but this was reduced because of mitigating circumstances he offered to the anti-doping tribunal.

"All athletes adhere to the principle of strict liability. No matter what the circumstances, they are solely responsible for any prohibited substance found in their system," said UKAD legal director Graham Arthur.

"This can be challenging for athletes, as the onus falls to them to prove how, and why, their sample tested positive, and to show there was no significant fault."
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Report a bitofinterest October 23, 2015 9:29 PM BST
"athletes" Laugh
Report Pre-Fat-Low-Fat-Foods October 24, 2015 9:52 PM BST
Laugh Deal me in
Report DartsnBooze October 27, 2015 10:13 AM GMT
It's incredible in this social media driven age how an 18 month ban that started in
Nov 2014 was never leaked, let alone officially brought to the public attention until now?

The usual darts forums comments of:
He didn't send pics of his c*ck, or feel for England ffs.

Nope, he did neither, just happened (allegedly) to stumble upon some of "Columbia's
finest" hidden behind a leaking radiator in his hotel room. What's the odds of that? Grin

"I would rather chew off my arm than return to the BDO." Plain
Report DartsnBooze October 27, 2015 10:21 AM GMT
Burnett's appeal against ban...

June 2015: Burnett was told of ban.

September 2015: Appeal heard, and later dismissed.

Burnett said he was grateful the suspension had been reduced to 18 months, but argued
(i'm sure it was his defence lawyer) the ban was effectively two years and two months because
he would miss PDC qualifying in January, and be unable to compete and earn money until January 2017.

"I am determined to return to the game next May and to be competitive
at the highest level. "By committing to improving my mental health and
well-being as well as my physical health, I am sure I can compete again."
Report DartsnBooze October 27, 2015 10:27 AM GMT
Former world darts champion Richie Burnett has apologised after
being given an 18-month ban over a positive test for cocaine.

Welshman Burnett, 48, said he been seeking help for depression
and vowed to compete again at a high level. "I'd like to apologise
to fans for my actions last year which have resulted in this ban,"he said.
"Those close to me will know the personal challenges I have faced over recent years."

The 1995 British Darts Organisation (BDO) champion was removed from
the 2015 PDC World Championship last December for "personal reasons".

On Wednesday, it emerged he had tested positive for cocaine at a
PDC Grand Slam qualifier in Wigan and had an appeal against an
18-month ban, which runs from 3 November 2014 to 2 May 2016, dismissed.

Burnett would normally have received a two-year suspension from
UK Anti-Doping from competing in all sports but this was reduced
because of mitigating circumstances he offered to a tribunal.

"Depression is an illness which affects people in different ways
and impairs their decision-making so I have been using this time
to seek professional help and will continue to do so," said Burnett
in a statement after the ban was announced.

"I'd like to place on record my thanks to my sponsors for sticking by me during these very difficult times."

In the mean time a flash back to the time before said offence when Richie was King of the Valleys


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