Rugby union player Maredydd Francis banned for four years

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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.

To read the full judgement, please click here.

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