In a now deleted episode of The Sunday Plodcast, Butchart said there was a delay in getting his PCR test result before his flight home from the United States and that he changed the date to a old test as he prepared for recording, The Times newspaper reported.
“Everyone rigged the PCR tests… to try to get somewhere, because it’s so difficult,” Butchart said in the podcast. The 29-year-old later told the newspaper he “may have glorified the situation for the podcast.”
He apologized to the GB team and the Tokyo organizers.
“Following Andrew Butchart’s widely publicized comments on a podcast regarding the alleged tampering of COVID tests, he was charged with misconduct by UK Athletics for making statements that could bring athletics into disrepute,” UK said Athletics in a statement.
UK Athletics said an independent disciplinary committee imposed a 12-month athletics ban on Butchart, suspended for a period of two years, and fined him £ 5,000. He said he can participate in the Tokyo Games.
He also warned him about his future conduct and asked him to issue a written public apology to the organization.
Butchart had told The Times he never tampered with the test and passed on time.
“I used the example of athletes I know who had to use previous PCR results to pass registration but not immigration,” he said. “I haven’t done it but I know people who have. “
The Tokyo Games, delayed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will begin on July 23.