Andrew Butchart: Scottish Team GB runner investigated after claims he faked a Covid test to return to the UK

Andrew Butchart is facing an investigation and could lose his Olympics spot after he claimed to have faked a Covid-19 test to return to the UK.

The 5,000 metres runner - who was included in Team GB's squad for the Olympics on Tuesday - suggested he had not followed protocols when he came back from a meet.

Butchart, speaking on an episode of the Sunday Plodcast which has now been deleted, said: "I'm not going to get in trouble from the police or anything like that.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

"You have to get a Covid test to get into the UK, so you went to a place to get a PCR test before 48 hours - and I'm with check-in and I don't have my PCR test back.

Andrew Butchart: Scottish Team GB runner investigated after claims he faked a Covid test to return to the UK
Read More
Gambling addict murdered 97-year-old in her Fife home in a row over missing mone...

"So you have to quickly, like, get an old PCR test, go on to Instagram, scribble out the time and the date, change the time and the date, and like change it so you can get into the country.

"Obviously Covid is huge, but it's quite annoying. Everybody has faked PCR tests, I'm sure, to try and go somewhere, because it's just so hard."

In a later statement to The Times the 29-year-old retracted his claims he had personally faked a Covid test but knew of athletes who had done.

"I have never falsified a PCR test and have always complied with the guidelines of the countries I have been travelling in," he said.

"The context of the podcast was about how hard it has been for athletes during the pandemic to travel and race, as you are depending on lots of factors that are out of your control.

But his actions will now be reviewed ahead of the Olympic Games, which start next month.

A statement from UK Athletics read: "UKA and the BOA (British Olympic Association) are aware of comments made as part of a podcast by a selected athlete today.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

"Throughout the pandemic elite sport has been privileged to receive exemptions from various guidelines to enable athletes to continue to train and compete.

"We take very seriously any suggestion that an athlete has not followed these guidelines correctly and broken any COVID-related protocols.”

Reporting by PA

A message from the Editor:Thank you for reading this article. We're more reliant on your support than ever as the shift in consumer habits brought about by Coronavirus impacts our advertisers.

If you haven't already, please consider supporting our trusted, fact-checked journalism by taking out a digital subscription.



Want to join the conversation? Please or to comment on this article.