Written reasons following enquiries (A. McCarthy, F. Marsh) heard by the Disciplinary Panel on Thursday 25 March 2021

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 30/03/2021 @ 13:00:00 Adrian McCarthy The independent Disciplinary Panel of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) convened on Thursday 25 March to consider whether Mr Adrian McCarthy was in breach of Rule (K)49 of the Rules of Racing.

1. On the 25 March 2021 the above Panel convened to consider whether the above named, a licensed professional flat Jockey, was/is in breach of the above Rule in that he failed to ensure that on the 15 October 2020 when he rode FAREGAAN in the 20.30 at Chelmsford Racecourse that no banned substance was present in his body. In fact, after analysis of a sample taken from him, a high concentration of metabolites of cocaine was found.

CAS decision in the arbitration WADA v. RUSADA

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has issued its decision in the arbitration procedure between the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Russian AntiDoping Agency (RUSADA), with 50 intervening parties, including the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).

WADA Statement on Alex Schwazer Case


In light of questions that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) continues to receive from the media and other stakeholders concerning the case of Italian race walker, Alex Schwazer, WADA wishes to share the following statement, which re-confirms its position on this matter (including its 18 February 2021 statement) and addresses some key questions of this case.

On 18 February, an investigating judge in Bolzano, Judge Walter Pelino, made a series of accusations against World Athletics, the anti-doping laboratory in Cologne, and WADA. These were not findings in a judgment rendered after a trial of those three bodies, in which they had been properly confronted with the accusations and given a full and fair opportunity to defend themselves. Instead, they were made in a pre-trial decree issued by the investigating judge in criminal proceedings relating to Alex Schwazer. Nor does WADA, World Athletics, or the Cologne laboratory have any right of appeal against these accusations.  

An Appeal (A. Cawley and J. Farrelly) to be heard by the Disciplinary Panel on Tuesday 9 March 2021

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n Appeal (A. Cawley and J. Farrelly) to be heard by the Disciplinary Panel on Tuesday 9 March 2021

08/03/2021 @ 11:40:00

10.00 am - Alain Cawley and Johnny Farrelly

The independent Disciplinary Panel of the British Horseracing Authority will convene on Tuesday 9 March 2021 to hear an Appeal brought by Alain Cawley and Johnny Farrelly against the decision of the Stewards at Exeter on 26 February 2021.

Alin Cawley was suspended for 14 days and Johnny Farrelly was fined £3,000 for schooling and conditioning the horse WHISTLEINTHEDARK (IRE) on the racecourse, in that Mr Cawley has failed to ride his mount in such a way that he could be seen to ask for timely, real and substantial effort to obtain the best possible placing.

WADA v RUSADA: Reduced sanction leaves many questions

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Sport Integrity Australia CEO David Sharpe has expressed disappointment for Australian athletes as a result of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) decision to reduce the four-year sanction on Russia by the World Anti-Doping Agency. 

WADA statement on Court of Arbitration decision to declare Russian Anti-Doping Agency as non-compliant


The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) acknowledges the ruling today by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to declare the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) non-compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) for a period of two years and to impose significant consequences. This decision confirms in large part the recommendation made in November 2019 by WADA’s independent Compliance Review Committee (CRC), which was unanimously accepted by the Agency’s Executive Committee (ExCo) on 9 December 2019.


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