Eden rally driver given eight-year ban

Date: Friday 1st February 2019

RALLY driver Paul Bird, from Langwathby, has been suspended from all sport for a period of eight years following a second anti-doping rule violation (ADRV).

He was one of six drivers selected to submit to in-competition sample collection following the Rallynuts Stages (Seven Valley Stages) Rally at the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells, on 14th April, 2018.

However, Mr Bird refused to provide a sample before departing the venue, despite being informed by UK Anti-Doping’s (Ukad) doping control personnel that this could result in a sanction.

A spokesman for Mr Bird said: “Paul does not wish to make any comment at this point.”

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