Rugby player Sean Goodfellow has been suspended from all sport for a period of four years (from 2 January 2019) following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV).
Mr Goodfellow (who was registered at Jed-Forest RFC at time of violation) admitted to the ADRV in violation of World Rugby Anti-Doping Regulation 21.2.3. – “Evading Sample collection, or without compelling justification refusing or failing to submit to Sample collection after notification,” and will be ineligible until midnight on 1 January 2023.
Scottish Rugby’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr James Robson said: “At Scottish Rugby we take a very strong line on anti-doping, our position is that of UK Anti-Doping and WADA – 100% ME – it’s the athlete’s responsibility to ensure clean, fair sport at all times.
“We have a robust process in place for those who try to by-pass the anti-doping rules.”
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In a statement, a Scottish Rugby spokesperson added: “Scottish Rugby is committed to the fight against doping to protect the integrity of the game.
“As a governing body, we have an extensive education programme for players, at all levels, on the consequences of taking banned substances, from both a health and sporting perspective, and adhering to the rules of testing.
“We welcome Sean Goodfellow’s ban as it serves as a timely reminder to all players that they have a responsibility to adhere to the anti-doping code.”