Rugby union player James banned for four years

Welsh Rugby Union player, Todd James, of Cross Keys RFC, has been suspended from all sport for a period of four years following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV).

Mr James tested positive for the presence of the prohibited substance ostarine following an in-competition test, after a match between Pontypridd RFC and Cross Keys RFC on 27 October 2018.

Ostarine is listed under section S1.2 of the WADA 2018 Prohibited List as an ‘Other Anabolic Agent’. It is a Non-Specified Substance, prohibited at all times.

Mr James 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: “All athletes are solely responsible for any substances found in their system. It is therefore vital that, should an athlete take any medications or supplements (which we would always advise to be under the direction of a medical professional), they thoroughly check the ingredients.

“For medications, this can be done through the Global DRO website and for supplements, athletes should always check on Informed Sport. However, it’s important to note for the latter this does not offer a guarantee, but merely risk minimisation.”

The period of ineligibility shall apply from the date of notification of the charge (14 December 2018) until midnight on 13 December 2022.