A triathlete from the British team in age groups, banned for 3 years for doping

The world of triathlon is once again shaken by news related to doping.

Louis Walker, a British triathlete and two-time representative of the British team in age groups, has been suspended for an anti-doping violation.

The UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), the body in charge of protecting sport from doping in the United Kingdom, has been the entity that has carried out the sanction.

UKAD announced that Walker had admitted the breaches in April last year. Interestingly, the Brit participated in the Duathlon World Championships in Ibiza, representing the UK age group team just four weeks after his confession, where he finished 32nd in the male category of 25-29 years.

Walker has been banned until September 2026 for the use and possession of clenbuterol, a banned substance.

In February 2023, UKAD received information through its 'Protect Your Sport' confidential reporting initiative which revealed that Walker was in possession of clenbuterol.

After being provisionally suspended on September 27, 2023, Walker had his ban reduced a year after admitting to the charges, allowing him to return to the sport from September 26 2026.

This case arises shortly after knowing the positive result of Derik Felix Afornali, Brazilian triathlete, in the 2022 Kona World Cup and his corresponding suspension for two years, marking a worrying trend in the field of age group triathlon.

British Triathlon's response to the incident has been supportive of UKAD's decision, thanking the person who reported Walker and reiterating its commitment to clean sport.

Since 2021, British Triathlon has increased the education and training available to both elite and amateur athletes, highlighting the importance of adhering to anti-doping rules.

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