UK Anti-Doping has confirmed that Rugby League Player Sebastian Kolasa has been suspended from all sport for 15 months following an anti-doping rule violation.
Mr Kolasa was found guilty of evading an out-of-competition test on 21 August 2013 at his club London Skolars’ training ground. This is the UK’s first anti-doping rule violation for evasion.
The athlete is banned from all competition from 1 September 2013 to 30 November 2014. The full written decision can be found under the list of current rule violations.
UKAD Director of Legal Graham Arthur said: “To fail to comply with sample collection is a serious violation of the anti-doping rules. The message to athletes is clear; if you are approached for testing, do not refuse or walk away as the consequences are severe. In the case of this athlete, had he stayed and been selected for testing, it is quite possible that the outcome would have been very different.
“From 1 January, the penalties for not doing so will double, and athletes trying to deliberately cheat the system are likely to face four years excluded from sport.”