Meat contamination and what it means for athletes: A review of Badminton World Federation v Ratchanok Intanon

Published 23 October 2019 By: Philip Hutchinson

Badminton Serve

On 4 October 2019, former world champion badminton player Ratchanok Intanon was cleared1 of doping after an independent Ethics Hearing Panel found that Ms Intanon’s positive test for clenbuterol (a banned substance on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List known for increasing muscle mass whilst reducing body fat) was the result of meat contamination. A copy of the decision is available to view here2. As a result of ingesting the contaminated meat, Ms Intanon was found to bear no fault or negligence for the violation and therefore no period of ineligibility was imposed on her.

 

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Philip Hutchinson

Philip Hutchinson

Senior Associate, Mills & Reeve

Phil is a Senior Associate at Mills & Reeve LLP specialising in sports litigation and sports regulatory matters, with a particular focus on the football industry. Phil has worked on a number of high profile integrity/match fixing and doping cases across a variety of sports and also regularly advises football clubs, agents and players on transfers, most notably where work permits are required. He also has extensive experience in representing agents, players and managers in both the High Court and FA Rule K arbitration cases. Phil is the only individual in the West Midlands to be ranked as a “Next Generation Sports Lawyer” (Legal 500 2019) and a “Rising Star” (Legal 500 2020), who also describe him as “emerging as a confident and capable litigator”. Phil speaks German and is also a member of the Sport Resolutions Pro Bono Panel.

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