Timothy Meakin represented Gareth Warburton, Wales and Great Britain 800-metre runner at a hearing before the National Anti-doping Panel based on anti-doping allegations. Gareth is now able to return to competition following a 6 month period of ineligibility following a determination in January 2015. Gareth Warburton had tested positive for a prohibited substance that was in a contaminated supplement and so he was suspended in 2014. The Panel found there was “no significant fault or negligence” on the part of Gareth and in fact, that both Rhys Williams and Gareth Williams were “victims and not cheats”. It was successfully argued by Tim Meakin, instructed by Hogan Lovells, on Gareth’s behalf that there should be a significant reduction in his period of ineligibility, based on the proper construction of the new 2015 WADA Code. Due to the reduced period of disqualification Gareth is now able to return to full time athletics and to train for the forthcoming the IAAF World Championships.
Tim Meakin is a specialist in sports law including all aspects of anti-doping in sport.