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Welsh rugby player banned from all sport for seven years

  • Ross Bevan has been banned for seven years and three months
  • The 24-year-old was first banned for to two years in February 2015
  • Bevan’s latest ban comes after he refused to submit to testing
A Welsh rugby league and former union player has been banned from all sports for more than seven years after being found guilty of a second doping offence.

Ross Bevan, who was registered with South Wales Scorpions, now known as South Wales Ironmen, was originally banned for two years after testing positive for the anabolic steroid drostanolone following an out-of-competition squad test on 9 February 2015.


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The 24-year-old was first banned for two years following a positive test for the banned steroid drostanolone in February 2015.

UK Anti-Doping (Ukad) says Bevan’s latest ban comes after he refused to submit to testing in September 2016.

UKAD’s Director of Operations, Pat Myhill said: “Any athlete who is currently banned remains subject to testing in order to limit the chances of them continuing to use performance enhancing substances whilst banned and then returning to sport. Therefore, it is of vital importance that they make themselves available to us when called upon.


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“Mr Bevan’s refusal to submit to sample collection whilst already serving a period of ineligibility is not only a second serious breach of the Anti-Doping Rules but also his core responsibilities as an athlete. We treat violations such as this with the utmost seriousness and would implore athletes of all levels to comply or potentially face a lengthy ban from all sport.”

Ukad says the ban runs from from 14 October 2016 until 14 January 2024.