Meat contamination and what it means for athletes: A review of Badminton World Federation v Ratchanok Intanon
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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- Tags: Anti-Doping | Badminton | Badminton World Federation (BWF) | Thailand | WADA Code | World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)
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Phil is a Senior Associate at Mills & Reeve 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.