Press releases 23rd June 2020

Long-distance runner Traynor banned for two years

British international long-distance runner, Luke Traynor has been suspended from all sport for a period of two years following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV). UKAD collected a urine sample from Mr Traynor In-Competition at the Vitality London 10k race on 27 May 2019. Analysis of Mr Traynor’s A Sample returned an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) for cocaine metabolite benzoylecgonine.

Cocaine is listed under section S6(a) of the WADA 2019 Prohibited List as a Stimulant. It is a non-Specified Substance and its presence in an athlete’s sample is prohibited In-Competition only.

On 3 July 2019, Mr Traynor was charged with violating IAAF Anti-Doping Rule Article 2.1 – “Presence of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an Athlete’s Sample”. Mr Traynor subsequently explained that the AAF was a result of Out-of- Competition cocaine use – unrelated to sport performance. An independent expert found that the AAF could be explained as stated by Traynor. Therefore, the period of ineligibility to be applied in accordance with IAAF Anti-Doping Rule Article 10.2.2 is two years.

Pat Myhill, UKAD Director of Operations said: “We are urging athletes to consider the significant risk that goes hand in hand with using cocaine. Athletes should be aware that cocaine, used Out-of-Competition, often stays in the system. If an athlete takes cocaine Out-of-Competition and then tests positive In-Competition, they will becommitting an ADRV and may be subject to a ban from sport.” Considering Mr Traynor’s timely admission of the ADRV, IAAF ADR Article 10.10.2(b) applies which deems the two-year period of ineligibility as 27 May 2019 until midnight on 26 May 2021 inclusive.

• This media release was published by UK Anti-Doping on 23 June 2020. Click here for the original, and click here for the Full Decision.

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