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On 23 January 2022, an IDTM Doping Control Officer (DCO) collected an in-competition urine Sample from Mark Townend during the British Equipped Bench Press Championships in Horncastle. The Analysis of the A Sample returned an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) for Clomiphene S4.2. Hormone and Metabolic Modulator.

Having gone through due process, the IPF have therefore imposed a two-year period of ineligibility. commencing 04 February 2022. Mark Townend can resume competition 04 February 2024.

The period of ineligibility of two years extends to participating in any capacity in a competition or activity (other than authorized anti-doping education or rehabilitation programs) authorized or organized by any WADA Code Signatory, Signatory's member organization, or a club or other member organization of a Signatory's member organization, or in competitions authorized or organized by any professional league or any international or national level Event organization or any elite or national-level sporting activity funded by a governmental agency.

British Powerlifting is the only UK powerlifting organisation that has a fully WADA compliant anti-doping programme, which is independently administered by the IPF. All of our anti-doping testing is carried out at our own expense. Elite GB lifters are selected by the IPF for inclusion in the Registered Testing Pool (RT) along with 144 lifters in the Testing Pool and National Testing Pool. All are subject to Out of Competition Testing (OCT). Read More >