Welsh Rugby Union player Hoskins banned for two years

Welsh Rugby Union player Adam Hoskins has been suspended from all sport for a period of two years following a first Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV). 

UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) collected a urine Sample from Mr Hoskins In-Competition on 3 January 2020, following a match between Ebbw Vale RFC v Merthyr RFC. Analysis of Mr Hoskins’ A Sample returned an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) for cocaine metabolite benzoylecgonine.

UKAD issued Mr Hoskins with a Notice of Charge and a Provisional Suspension on 3 February 2020. Mr Hoskins was charged with violating Article 2.1 of the Anti-Doping Rules (ADR) - "Presence of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an Athlete’s Sample”.  

In admitting the ADRV, Mr Hoskins explained that the AAF was the result of cocaine used Out-of-Competition in a context unrelated to sport performance.

Cocaine is listed under section S6(a) Non-Specified Stimulants of the WADA 2020 Prohibited List, which states that the substance is banned In-Competition only. 

Stacey Cross, UKAD’s Deputy Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs said: “When athletes choose to take recreational drugs, they not only risk breaking the law and endangering their health, but a ban from sport too. Athletes need to be aware that if they use cocaine Out-of-Competition and later compete in sport, they may face a lengthy ban if the drug is still in their system when tested.” 

Considering Mr Hoskins’ timely admission, ADR Article 10.11.2 applies, which means that Mr Hoskins’ two-year period of Ineligibility started on 3 January 2020 (the date of his test) and will expire at midnight on 2 January 2022.