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Rugby Union player banned for four years

Rugby Union player Tom Curry, who plays for Newcastle Emlyn RFC, has been suspended from all sport for a period of four years following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV).

Mr Curry tested positive for the presence of the prohibited substance benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine, following an In-Competition test on 8 April 2017, after a Swalec National Championship match against Glynneath RFC.

Mr Curry 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.”

UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) Chief Executive Nicole Sapstead said: “Every athlete is solely responsible for what is in their system and must adhere to the strict liability principle.

“In this case the athlete was unable to account for the presence of a metabolite of cocaine in his sample to the satisfaction of the hearing panel. In those circumstances for the presence of a non-specified substance a four-year penalty applies.

“All athletes at any level should familiarise themselves with the WADA Prohibited List and ensure they do not put themselves in a position where they may breach anti-doping rules.

“This decision was taken by the National Anti-Doping Panel (NADP), which is an independent tribunal responsible for adjudicating anti-doping disputes in sport”

Non-specified substances are those where there is no non-doping explanation for having these substances in an athlete’s system.

The period of ineligibility shall apply from the date of the provisional suspension (28 April 2017) until midnight on 27 April 2021.

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