Welsh Rugby Union Player Suspended

According to UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), Welsh Rugby Union Player Christopher Edwards has been suspended from all sport for a period of three years following an anti-doping rule violation.

Welsh Rugby Union Player Suspended

A third party supplied UKAD on 6 December 2013 with a Tesco plastic carrier bag containing a quantity of hypodermic syringes and needles and two empty bottles of Trentest 300, which is an injectable anabolic steroid compound used for the rapid increase of strength and muscle mass.  Two boxes of hypodermic syringes in addition to a small grey plastic bag containing a quantity of hypodermic syringes and needles and a partially used bottle of Trentest 300 were also supplied by the third party.

Edwards was found guilty of violating Articles 2.2 and 2.6.1 of the Welsh Rugby Union (‘WRU’) Anti-Doping Rules (‘ADR’). The charge letter sent to the athlete alleged Edwards guilty of possessing of one or more Prohibited Substances namely Trenbolone enanthate, Testosterone cypionate, Trenbolone, Testosterone, and Androstenedione in violation of ADR 2.6.1 and use or attempted use of a Prohibited Substance(s), namely Trenbolone enanthate, Testosterone cypionate, Trenbolone, Testosterone and Androstenedione, in violation of ADR 2.2. Listed in S1.a (Anabolic Agent) of the World Anti-Doping Code (WADC) Prohibited List, Trenbolone enanthate, Testosterone cypionate, Trenbolone, Testosterone, and Androstenedione are Prohibited Substances.

It was submitted by UK Anti-Doping that the presence of aggravating circumstances warranted a period of ineligibility greater than two years (ADR 10.6.1). The charge letter informed Edwards that UK Anti-Doping considered his possession and use of a product that contained multiple Prohibited Substances over a sustained period of time constitutes aggravating circumstances.

Director of Legal Graham Arthur said this case relied on information provided by a member of public and remarked we would not have been able to pursue this anti-doping rule violation without their coming forward. Graham Arthur added he thanks them for speaking out on behalf of UK Anti-Doping. It was added by Arthur that anyone with information about potential doping cannot underestimate the role they could play in protecting clean sport and said the panel here recognized the player possessed and used a substance containing multiple anabolic steroids and this, combined with his failure to promptly admit the violations, has led to an aggravated suspension of three years.

Edwards does not possess a therapeutic use exemption (‘TUE’). Edwards’s solicitor sent an email to UKAD and NADP Case Officer Jenefer Lincoln that the athlete understands that he faces a two year ban from all competition as a result of this that will run from the date of his provisional suspension.

The 29-year-old athlete was a registered member of Tredegar RFC and the WRU and so bound by the Anti-Doping Rules. An independent anti-doping panel found Edwards guilty of committing two violations for the possession and use of anabolic androgenic steroids after information was passed to UK Anti-Doping. The period of ineligibility in accordance with ADR Article 10.9.3 shall start on 27 April 2014, the date upon which he appeared first to respect the provisional suspension. Edwards is banned from all competition from 27 April 2014 until 27 April 2017.

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