By Karl Freitag
UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has lifted its suspension of WBA/WBO heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury pending a hearing from an independent anti-doping panel. UKAD suspended Fury and his cousin Hughey Fury on June 24 (the same day Fury pulled out of a July 9 rematch with former champ Wladimir Klitschko, citing an ankle injury), alleging the pair tested positive for the banned substance nandrolone in February 2015. Team Fury issued a statement denying any allegation of doping when the story first broke in June.
UK Anti-Doping today issued the following statement:
In response to public comments made by Tyson and Hughie Furys’ representatives, UK Anti-Doping can confirm that both boxers were charged on 24 June 2016 with presence of a Prohibited Substance. Mandatory Provisional Suspensions were imposed pursuant to Article 7.9.1 of the UK Anti-Doping Rules.
The UK Anti-Doping Rules allow athletes to challenge the imposition of a Provisional Suspension and the independent National Anti-Doping Panel (NADP) today lifted the athletes’ suspensions, pending full determination of the charges. These charges will be heard at a hearing before the NADP in due course.
UK Anti-Doping will not comment further on the case until due legal process has been completed.
Peter Fury, Tyson’s uncle and trainer responded via Twitter:
To all our fans. Ukad suspension Lifted & @Tyson_Fury @hughiefury can & will be fighting with full go ahead from tribunal. Truth!! Amen.
Ankle injury genuine. But hey” within 45min of announcement they get suspended??? Bad smell & judge sees it. Charges” more like bog Roll.
We want all out in open advised my legal team to out as much as possible. The world can view this scam for what it really is.
When the hearing takes place remains to be seen. For the moment Fury is free to defend against Klitschko in their rescheduled rematch on October 29.