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September 2, 2015
Rugby: Wales player handed four-year ban for anti-doping violation
Wales sevens player Carl Townsend has been handed a four-year suspension for an anti-doping violation, World Rugby announced today. The former Cross Keys back-rower underwent an in-competition urine test while representing Wales at the Rugby Europe Grand Prix 7s in Moscow on June 7 and, upon analysis , his sample contained traces of Oxandrolone – a banned substance.
Carl Townsend offloads the ball during the first day of the Rugby Europe Men’s Sevens Grand Prix Series in Moscow
Oxandrolone is an Anabolic Androgenic Steroid that is classified in the World Anti-Doping Agency List of Prohibited Substances and Methods. In a statement submitted to World Rugby, the 27-year-old claimed he had taken substances that were not tested upon retiring from semi-professional rugby earlier this year. “Following a decision to retire from semi-professional rugby early in February 2015, I did not have any intention of returning to the sport. During this time I admittedly purchased over the counter protein, pre-workout powders and testosterone boosters that were not quality assured and batch-tested,” maintained Townsend. “I was selected to represent Wales development 7s in in (sic) May 2015, and following notice of my selection I immediately returned to purchasing certified and batch tested supplements to ensure that I was in line with doping rules and regulations of 2015. “Following a doping urine test that took place during a representative competition in Moscow European Gand (sic) Prix 7s tournament, it came as a disappointment and surprise that I had tested positive for Oxandrolone. “I regret the naive decision to have taken such supplements that were not quality assured, batch-tested and in this case had been contaminated. I am aware that it is my responsibility to ensure that the supplements consumed are batch tested and and (sic) quality assured to be in line with the anti-doping rules and regulations. http://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-news/wales-sevens-player-carl-townsend-9923551