Paul Bird state­ment

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It is with great re­gret that Mr Bird must con­firm his two-year sus­pen­sion from mo­tor­sport.

Mr Bird is dis­ap­pointed by the lack of pub­lic­ity given to the in­cor­po­ra­tion of the anti-dop­ing pol­icy by the Mo­tor Sports As­so­ci­a­tion. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion should be dis­sem­i­nated to en­sure other com­peti­tors do not in­ad­ver­tently breach the Reg­u­la­tions.

In par­tic­u­lar, Mr Bird ac­cepts tak­ing Furosemide, a ther­a­peu­tic drug taken to treat wa­ter re­ten­tion. With­out knowl­edge of the pol­icy, he inevitably failed to prop­erly no­tify the au­thor­i­ties. As a re­sult of this breach alone, a min­i­mum sus­pen­sion of two years must be im­posed.

Tests ad­min­is­tered by UK Anti-dop­ing also iden­ti­fied the pres­ence of ben­zoylec­go­nine; un­for­tu­nately it tran­spired that Mr Bird had in­gested a drug with­out his knowl­edge at a pri­vate func­tion. UK Anti-dop­ing has not sug­gested that the tak­ing of ei­ther drug was in­ten­tional nor re­lated to his sport per­for­mance. The World Anti-dop­ing Agency has ac­cepted this and im­poses their sanc­tion ac­cord­ingly.

Given the Reg­u­la­tions, there was no ben­e­fit to Mr Bird fur­ther ar­gu­ing about ac­ci­den­tal con­sump­tion of a drug as the pres­ence of furosemide man­dated a two-year sus­pen­sion from com­pe­ti­tion.

Mr Bird will now ac­cept the de­ci­sion of WADA and looks for­ward to his re­turn to the sport.

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