Former heavyweight boxer Larry Olubamiwo denounces ‘totally incompetent’ UK anti-doping agency, claims drug fighters ‘act like gangsters’
- Larry Olubamiwo tested positive for the illegal blood-boosting drug EPO in 2012
- He also came out candid about the use of other banned substances and said that many elite athletes are dope
- He was banned for four years, which was then reduced to 14 months
- Olubamiwo served his ban and resumed the fight, mainly to pay for a diploma
A former boxer seeking a financial settlement from the UK anti-doping agency for confiscating his property nine years ago and then losing it, has described the anti-drug organization as’ totally incompetent, staffed by a number of people who act like gangsters and who couldn’t ‘I’m organizing an ap *** up in a brewery. ‘
Heavyweight Larry Olubamiwo, now 42, tested positive for the illegal blood-boosting drug EPO in 2012 and, unlike most, immediately admitted doping. He also came out candid about the use of other banned substances and said that many elite athletes are dope. He was banned for four years, reduced to 14 months for ‘substantial assistance’.
He was asked to bring any drugs he had to his hearing, where UKAD confiscated 3,000 anabolic steroid pills despite his protests. They agreed that he could have them back when he retired.
Former heavyweight boxer Larry Olubamiwo has described UKAD as ‘totally incompetent’
Olubamiwo filed his ban and resumed the fight, mainly to fund a diploma and attend drama school, and in 2019 he requested his pills back. He is now an actor.
UKAD had lost his pills but refused to indemnify him or accept any liability for it. Olubamiwo won a small claims court victory against CEO Nicole Sapstead in person, but UKAD still wouldn’t pay him £ 227.96.
As of 2019, UKAD is believed to have spent many hours addressing the matter. It was only announced in March this year that UKAD said they would settle on the condition that Olubamiwo sign a gag order; and that UKAD would accept no liability; and that Sapstead would still pursue him for charges as she tried to quash the court ruling.
Olubamiwo approached The Mail on Sunday after reading that UKAD was under investigation. Since the MoS asked UKAD about this matter last month, UKAD has said that a settlement does not contain a gag order and that UKAD will accept liability.
Olubamiwo, now 42, tested positive for the illegal blood-boosting drug EPO in 2012
A spokesman said: ‘This case has taken a long time, so UKAD has stated its willingness to reach a settlement, which amounts to £ 227.
This claim should have been made against UKAD as an organization, not against an individual. Nicole Sapstead has applied to the court for the judgment against her to be quashed and is willing to waive her charges in this case. ‘
Olubamiwo said, “There is so much incompetence at UKAD that it is unreal. They took my property, which they were not entitled to. And then they lost it.
After the court verdict, UKAD offered me money, but only if I signed paperwork stating that they were not liable and that I could never talk about this.
‘My father passed away last March, my wife Danielle is about to give birth, we are trying to move and the last thing I need is more stress. Dealing with UKAD is like dealing with gangsters.
“They took my property, lost it, and didn’t compensate me. This is an anti-doping enforcement agency incapable of resolving simple good and bad issues. They couldn’t organize stuff in a brewery. ‘
Olubamiwo (right) served his ban and resumed the fight, mainly to pay for a diploma