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2005 Apr 12 - Burdekin handed drugs ban

Jamie Burdekin, the British wheelchair tennis player, has been handed a two year ban following a positive test for cocaine.

The 25-year-old denies knowingly taking the substance and may appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne as he claims that a drink must have been spiked.

The sample was taken at the British Open in 2004 and the ban will expire on the 22 August 2006.

Press Release: The LTA's Response To Jamie Burdekin's Positive Drugs Test

Date: 12 April 2004

The LTA supports the decision by the ITF to ban Jamie Burdekin for two years for committing a doping offence last year.

The LTA strongly opposes the use of any drugs, either for recreational or performance purposes and believes that all athletes bear ultimate responsibility for what is in their own bodies.

Both the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and the British Tennis Foundation (BTF) fully support the Tennis Anti Doping Programme and the independent tribunal's findings and will uphold any ban in Great Britain.

It is imperative that tennis is able to inspire confidence that it is a clean sport, which is why the LTA has ensured that it's own testing system within Great Britain for all forms of tennis is WADA compliant.

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