A JAVELIN thrower has been suspended from competing after being charged with committing anti-doping rule violations.
Seaham athlete Ian Burns has been provisionally suspended from taking part in competitions while an investigation is carried out by UK Anti-Doping.
The suspension was announced last week and relates to alleged possession and use of a number of prohibited substances.
The 34-year-old, who competes for Gateshead, now has the right to respond to the charge in the form of an appeal and full hearing of the case.
A UK Athletics spokeswoman said: “The provisional suspension, issued by UK Anti-Doping, came into effect on May 19, 2012 and relates to the possession and use of a number of prohibited substances.
“The athlete now has the opportunity to respond to the charge against him, including the right to a full hearing of the case.”
Burns’s best throw is 69.57m, compared with British record holder Steve Backley, who smashed the record 20 years ago with 91.46m.
A spokesman for Gateshead Harriers said the club only discovered Burns, who was ranked 84th in Britain last year, was under investigation “a few days ago”.
He added the club is unable to comment until the investigation has been completed.
UK Anti-Doping is an independent body responsible for all anti-doping programmes and the management of violations and disciplinary issues in the UK.
As part of the rules, athletes are often randomly tested for illegal substances.
They are asked to provide samples in pots labelled A and B, which are sent to be tested anonymously.
Pot B remains unopened unless an athlete tests positive and an appeal is launched.
They can then request a new test is carried out on the second pot.
Depending on the outcome, athletes are given time to appeal against the decision, which is then heard before a board before a final decision is made.