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Rugby union player Maredydd Francis banned for four years


Press Release

18th October 2018

Rugby union player Maredydd Francis, of Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 RFC, has been suspended from all sport for a period of four years following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV).

Mr Francis tested positive for the presence of the following Prohibited Substances, after an In-Competition test on 10 March 2018, during a match against Aberavon RFC.

  • 17α-epitrenbolone (a metabolite of trenbolone)
  • Nandrolone
  • Testosterone and the following metabolites of testosterone:
    • androsterone
    • etiocholanone
    • 5α-androstane-3α, 17β-diol (5αAdiol)
    • 5β-androstane-3α, 17β-diol (5βAdiol)

Mr Francis was charged with an ADRV pursuant to Article 2.1 of the Anti-Doping Rules – “Presence of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an Athlete’s Sample”.

UKAD’s Chief Executive, Nicole Sapstead, said: “This is one of several cases we have seen recently in which the athlete is guilty not only of taking a performance enhancing drug, but a number of banned substances.

“Athletes must be aware that taking such a cocktail of performance enhancing drugs will not only see them banned from sport, but also has the potential to be hugely damaging to health.

“We hope such instances serve as a warning to others.

The period of Ineligibility shall apply from 10 March 2018 until midnight on 9 March 2022.

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