Rugby union player Maredydd Francis banned for four years
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)
- Testosterone and the following metabolites of testosterone:
- 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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