Press releases 4 June 2015

Rugby Union Player, Oliver Bilton, Banned Following Anti-Doping Rule Violation

UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has today confirmed that rugby union player Oliver Bilton (21) has been suspended from all sport for two years following an anti-doping rule violation. Mr Bilton, who plays for Cardiff Met RFC, a university team in the Welsh Rugby Union National Championships and BUCS Premier South League, tested positive for Oxandrolone and metabolite Epioxandrolone, an exogenous anabolic androgenic steroid. The positive finding followed an in-competition test on 13 December 2014 after a SWALEC Championship match between Cardiff Met RFC and Narbeth RFC.

Mr Bilton, who is studying Sport and Exercise Science at Cardiff Metropolian University, claims to have ingested the Prohibited Substances through his use of sports supplements. The player is banned from all competition from 13 December 2014 midnight on 12 December 2016. The full written decision can be found under current rule violations.

UKAD’s Chief Executive Nicole Sapstead said: “Oliver Bilton’s case highlights that supplements that have not been batch tested are a huge risk to an athlete’s future as jeopardised his playing career and potentially his working career in sport as well. We work closely with BUCS and the WRU, to ensure athletes are aware of the risks of using supplements and to help them make the right choices.” For further information and advice about the use of supplements download UKAD’s Clean Sport App via iTunes or visit the UKAD Supplements Page.

• This media release originally appeared on the UKAD internet site on 4 June 2015. To access the original, please click here.

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