Press releases 19th May 2016

Rugby League player receives four year steroid ban

UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) today confirmed that a 23 year old English rugby league player, John Todd, has been suspended from all sport for four years following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV).

Todd, who was registered with Whitehaven RLFC in the Kingstone Press Championship, tested positive for the presence of nandrolone, an anabolic steroid, following an out-of-competition test on 27 November 2015.

Todd, from Maryport in Cumbria, promptly admitted to the rule violation and the National Anti-Doping Panel (NADP) imposed a ban of four years.

UKAD’s Director of Legal, Graham Arthur said:

“This case continues to highlight the worrying and growing trend of steroid use amongst young men.

“UKAD works alongside the Rugby Football League (RFL) to provide players with vital anti-doping education and resources to ensure that they are aware of the risks that steroid use poses to both their health and their sporting careers.”

The player is banned from all sport from 18 December 2015 until midnight on 17 December 2019.

The full written decision can be found under current rule violations

• This media release was originally published by the UK Anti-Doping on 18 May 2016. To access the original, please click here.

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