United Kingdom Anti-Doping (UKAD) has confirmed that Rugby League player Rowland Kaye has been banned from all sports for four years following the first Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) for the Presence of a Prohibited Substance in his urine sample.
On 5 January 2022 UKAD received an Out of Competition Urine Sample from Mr Kaye during a Hunslet RLFC training session – the player had recently joined Hunslet from the West Wales Raiders to prepare for the 2022 season. Analysis of Mr. Kaye’s Sample yielded an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) for a long-term Metabolite common to both oxymetholone and metasterone, namely 18-nor-17a-hydroxymethyl-17a-methyl-2a-methyl-5a-androst. -13-tr-3-one.
Both oxymetholone and metasterone are anabolic androgenic steroids listed on S1.1 of the 2022 World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List. Non-specific substances that are always prohibited in sports.
On 4 March 2022 UKAD notified Mr Kaye of the AAF and ordered him Temporary Suspension from the sport. On April 20, 2022, Mr. Kaye accepted ADRV but argued that his behavior was not intentional and that he had no faults or omissions.
UKAD, on 21 October 2022, referred to Mr Kaye as 2.1 of the UK Anti-Doping Rules Concerning the Presence of a Prohibited Substance or Its Metabolites or Markers in an Athlete’s Sample. charged with making an ADRV commission under Art.
On December 14, 2022, My Kaye’s case was decided by the National Anti-Doping Panel (‘NADP‘). The court considered the evidence from both sides and, in a decision of 4 January 2023, sentenced Mr. Kaye to four years from the sport.
Mr. Kaye appealed the court’s decision. On April 26, 2023, an appeals court of the NADP upheld the first instance decision, concluding that Mr Kaye had failed to prove how the Prohibited Substance had entered its system or that the ingestion of the Prohibited Substance was not intentional. Therefore, the four-year ban imposed by the trial court remains in effect and is deemed to have commenced on March 4, 2022 (the date on which Mr. Kaye was temporarily suspended) and will expire at midnight on March 3, 2026.
Speaking about the incident, Hamish Coffey, UKAD’s Interim Director of Operations, said:Under the UK Anti-Doping Rules, strict liability means that an Athlete is solely responsible for what goes into his body. It is the Athlete’s job to prove how the substance got into their system. Supplements are never 100% risk-free, and UKAD recommends caution when using them in sports: always assess the risk, assess the need and evaluate the consequences before taking them. Athletes who break the Anti-Doping Rules run the risk of being banned from sports for a long time.”
The Rugby Football League added:UKAD is committed to keeping the sport clean and therefore supporting part-time and full-time players in and out of competition testing programmes. This is another example of how strict responsibility imposes responsibility on all athletes in these matters and the serious repercussions of a positive test.”
Thursday, 18 May 2023