Press releases 11th March 2015

Ice-Hockey Player Banned Following Anti-Doping Rule Violations

UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has today confirmed that ice-hockey player Nicky Watt has been suspended from all sport for eight years following two anti-doping rule violations. Mr. Watt is a semi-professional ice hockey player who played for ten years in the English Premier Ice Hockey League. He refused to provide a urine sample during an out-of-competition test on 27 May 2014. Mr Watt later tested positive for the anabolic steroid stanozolol, following an out-of-competition test on 17 June 2014. The athlete is banned from all competition from 17 June 2014 to 16 June 2022. The full written decision and supporting documents can be found under current rule violations.

UK Anti-Doping’s Director of Legal, Graham Arthur said: “The length of Mr Watt’s ban reflects the grave nature of his violations. Not only has he tested positive for a prohibited substance but he also made a deliberate decision to not comply with sample collection, which 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 can be severe.”

• This media release was originally published on the UKAD internet site on 11 March 2015. To access the original, please click here.

 

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