By the time of reading this you may have come across a number of claims through social media and blogs that state in some form or other that ‘Rob Riches failed a drug test’ or ‘Rob Riches banned for drug use’. It seems some people are so quick to come up with their own conclusions after reading a few tweets or seeing what someone has written on a blog. I am very keen to set the record straight on this matter.
A USA TODAY investigation examines the track record of a supplement designer who has faced criminal charges related to weight-loss pills and a body-building product [July 25th, 2013]
Firstly, I want to explain the time-line of the events:
Why did Rob Riches Fail a drug test
- On Sunday 21st April 2013 I provided a urine sample after winning the UKBFF Men’s Physique competition in Leamington Spa, England.
- One month later, on 21st May 2013, I was informed through email by the UKBFF that my urine sample had tested positive for a stimulant. It was made clear at the outset that this was not anabolic steroids or growth hormone, but a stimulant. Indeed, their analytic report showed that I had no signs of steroids of any sort in my system.
- I was then informed by the UKBFF that I would receive an official letter from the UKBFF/IFBB with the AAF attachments from Kings College, and also I had the right to appeal and ask for the B-sample to be tested at my own (substantial) expense.
- I immediately set about my appeal to the UKBFF as my reputation and competition title were at stake. Despite the cost, I was keen to have the B-sample tested. On 31st May 2013 I sent my appeal letter to the UKBFF.
- On 5th July 2013, I received a decision from the UKBFF Anti-Doping Committee (ADC), which stated their findings that I had committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADVR) pursuant Article 2.1 of the IFBB Anti-Doping Rules, and that after investigation of the substance and it being a first offence, the decision of the UKBFF ADC was to suspend me for 24 weeks from 21st April to 13th October 2013 inclusive, and impose a relatively small cash payment by me to reimburse the cost of the test
Secondly, I want to talk about the substance involved: