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WALES' LIST OF THE BANNED; Behindtheheadlines The 14 Welsh people banned from sport by UKAD...

Ross Bevan Date of violation: 09/02/2015 Sport: Rugby League Club: South Wales Scorpions National Governing Body: Rugby Football League Rule violated: Presence of a prohibited substance or its metabolites or markers in an athlete's sample Class of drug: Anabolic Agents Substance: Drostanolone Start date of sanction: 26/02/2015 End date of sanction: 25/02/2017 Summary: Bevan, a former union player from Nelson, launched an appeal against his ban but failed in his bid to have it overturned.

However, he was banned for two and not four years because of the timing of his use of anabolic steroids.

He admitted taking steroids but claimed he wasn't playing rugby at the time, insisting he was body building.

Bevan told a National Anti-Doping panel.: "I signed for the Scorpions rugby league team in February 2015 and had stopped taking the anabolic steroids for over five months.

"I researched the steroids and found numerous websites explaining they would only be in my system for three to four months. Knowing what I know now, I would never have signed for the Scorpions. I was young and naive and should have sought medical advice instead of believing what was on the internet.

"I have in no way used anabolic steroids to enhance my performance, and have not taken them since starting back to play rugby. I did not knowingly play rugby with anabolic steroids in my system, or use them intentionally."

Andrew Riddiford Date of violation: 08/03/2015 Sport: Weightlifting National Governing Body: British Weightlifting Association Rule violated: Presence of a prohibited substance or its metabolites or markers in an athlete's sample Class of drug: Anabolic Agents Substance: Clenbuterol, Stanozolol Start date of sanction: 08/03/2015 End date of sanction: 07/03/2019 Summary: Riddiford, from Aberdare, was handed the first four-year ban in the UK under the revised 2015 World Anti-Doping Agency Code.

He tested positive following an in-competition test at the Welsh Senior Weightlifting Championships on March 8, 2015.

Oliver Bilton Date of violation: 13/12/2014 Sport: Rugby Union Club: Cardiff Met National Governing Body: Welsh Rugby Union Rule violated: Presence of a prohibited substance or its metabolites or markers in an athlete's sample Class of drug: Anabolic Agents Substance: Oxandrolone Start date of sanction: 13/12/2014 End date of sanction: 12/12/2016 Summary: The positive finding followed an in-competition test on December 13, 2014, following a Swalec Championship match between Cardiff Met and Narberth. Bilton, a student of Sport and Exercise Science at Cardiff Met, claimed to have ingested the prohibited substances through his use of sports supplements.

Scott Turner Date of violation: 16/10/2014 Sport: Rugby Union Club: Unknown National Governing Body: Welsh Rugby Union Rule violated: Presence of a prohibited substance or its metabolites or markers in an athlete's sample Class of drug: Unspecified Start date of sanction: 06/11/2014 End date of sanction: 05/11/2016 Summary: Caught by an out-ofcompetition test.

Ashley Bateman Date of violation: 24/11/2014 Sport: Rugby League Club: South Wales Scorpions Honours: Wales National Governing Body: Rugby Football League Rule violated: Presence of a prohibited substance or its metabolites or markers in an athlete's sample Class of drug: Anabolic Agents Substance: Oxandrolone Start date of sanction: 18/12/2014 End date of sanction: 17/12/2016 Summary: Caught by an out-ofcompetition test.

Lee Evans Date of violation: 28/07/2014 Sport: Rugby Union Club: Neath National Governing Body: Welsh Rugby Union Rule violated: Presence of a prohibited substance or its metabolites or markers in an athlete's sample Class of drug: Anabolic Agents Substance: Drostanolone Start date of sanction: 28/07/2014 End date of sanction: 27/07/2016 Summary: The former Neath captain claimed he failed a drugs test after not properly checking supplements he was allegedly taking.

"While I did not set out to cheat in any way, I was naive and I have suffered as a result," said Evans.

"I failed a drugs test after taking supplements without making the appropriate checks as to whether they contained banned substances.

"The consequences are heartbreaking for me, but it goes to show that supplements can cause a failed drugs test.

"After what has happened to me, I'd like to help ensure that it doesn't happen to others in the game and that all players are fully aware of the importance of checking each and every ingredient contained in the supplements. Anyone who doesn't do this puts themselves at risk."

Russell Kendall Date of violation: 18/08/2014 Sport: Rugby Union Club: Unattached National Governing Body: Welsh Rugby Union Rule violated: Use or attempted use by an athlete of a prohibited substance or method Substance: Human Growth Hormone (HGH) Start date of sanction: 10/11/2014 End date of sanction: 09/02/2018 Sanction: Athlete suspended from November 10, 2014, until February 9, 2018.

Summary: UK Border Force seized a consignment of HGH in a package addressed to "Mr A Kendall" at the athlete's home address in South Wales.

The details of the seizure were shared with UK Anti-Doping, which on August 15, 2014 made inquiries of the WRU, leading to the identification of Kendall as a person registered with the union, whose recorded address was the same as the address for which the seized package was destined.

Kendall was found guilty of the offence by a National Anti-Doping panel.

Nick Clancy Date of violation: 14/08/2014 Sport: Rugby Union National Governing Body: Welsh Rugby Union Club: Bonymaen Rule violated: Presence of a prohibited substance or its metabolites or markers in an athlete's sample Class of drug: Anabolic Agents Substance: 19-norandrosterone, 2-alpha-methyl-5-alphaandrostan-3-alpha-ol-17-one, 3-hydroxystanozolol Start date of sanction: 04/09/2014 End date of sanction: 03/09/2016 Summary: Caught by an outof-competition test.

Peter Davies Date of violation: 14/05/2014 Sport: Rugby Union National Governing Body: Welsh Rugby Union Club: Newport High School Old Boys Rule violated: Refusing or failure to comply Start date of sanction: 14/06/2014 End date of sanction: 13/06/2016 Summary: A doping control of-ficer knocked on Davies' door. He played in Swalec League Three East. A few minutes after the of-ficer's arrival, during which Davies had failed to provide a urine sample, the teenager's mother reminded her son that he had a university exam to go to. What she did not say was that the exam was not for more than five hours.

The officer left after half an hour and returned six days later, when Davies refused to give a sample. He was banned by a National Anti-Doping panel.

Rhys Pugsley Club: Wigan Warriors Honours: Wales Date of violation: 22/04/2014 Sport: Rugby League Club: Wigan Warriors Honours: Wales National Governing Body: Rugby Football League Rule violated: Presence of a prohibited sub-stance or its metabolites or markers in an athlete's sample Class of drug: Anabolic Agents Substance: Methandienone Start date of sanction: 15/05/2014 End date of sanction: 14/05/2016 Summary: The Wigan Warriors academy player, who made his Wales debut on his 18th birthday, was suspended for two years after he was found to be positive for anabolic steroids in an out-of-competition test.

Pugsley admitted taking the drug once "without full understanding of the potential consequences" and "accepted complete responsibility for his actions in going against UK Anti-Doping's, the Rugby Football League's and Wigan's strict anti-doping policies".

Former Great Britain international Kris Radlinski, Wigan rugby general manager, said: "The club will support him, as allowed, through this difficult time and is in the process of constructing a rehabilitation programme to take effect after the recommended period of remorse, reflection and full awareness."

Sophie Tinklin Date of violation: 12/07/2012 Sport: Amateur Boxing National Governing Body: Welsh Amateur Boxing Association Rule violated: Possession of prohibited substances, trafficking or attempted trafficking Class of drug: Anabolic agents, hormone and metabolic modulators Substance: Clomiphene, Dihydrotestosterone, Mesterolone, Methyltestosterone, Nandrolone, Oxymetholone, Stanozolol, Testosterone, Trenbolone Start date of sanction: 19/02/2014 End date of sanction: 18/02/2018 Summary: Gwent Police were tipped off about large amounts of money - more than PS40,000 - being sent in the post from an address in Risca. The address was that of a family on benefit.

A police investigation called Operation Winter was opened into conspiracy to supply steroids that resulted in 10 arrests and the criminal conviction of Philip Tinklin for contravention of the misuse of drugs act. Philip Tinklin was given a life ban from sport for possession of prohibited substances, for trafficking, assisting and encouraging their use. His daughter, Sophie, an amateur boxer, was banned for four years.

Philip Tinklin Date of violation: 12/07/2012 Sport: Amateur Boxing National Governing Body: Welsh Amateur Boxing Association Rule violated: Possession of prohibited substances, trafficking or attempted trafficking Class of drug: Anabolic agents, hormone and metabolic modulators Substance: Clomiphene, Dihydrotestosterone, Mesterolone, Methyltestosterone, Nandrolone, Oxymetholone, Stanozolol, Testosterone, Trenbolone End date of sanction: Lifetime ban.

Summary: He was found guilty, accused of assisting, encouraging, aiding, abetting or covering-up or any other type of complicity involving an anti-doping rule violation or any attempted anti-doping rule violation.

Christopher Edwards Date of violation: 06/12/2013 Sport: Rugby Union National Governing Body: Welsh Rugby Union Club: Tredegar Rule violated: Use or attempted use by an athlete of a prohibited substance or method, possession of prohibited substances Substance: Testosterone, Trenbolone Start date of sanction: 27/04/2014 End date of sanction: 27/04/2017 Summary: The then-29-yearold, who played rugby for Tredegar in Welsh League Two East, was caught following a tip-off to doping chiefs.

A third party had sent UKAD a carrier bag containing syringes, needles and empty bottles of Trentest, an anabolic steroid. Edwards was banned from sport for three years.

Dean Colclough Date of violation: 15/08/2013 Sport: Rugby Union National Governing Body: Welsh Rugby Union Rule violated: Possession of prohibited substances, Traf-ficking or attempted trafficking Class of drug: Anabolic Agents Substance: Androst-1,4,6-triene-3,17-dione (ATD), Androstenedione, Drostanolone, Mestanolone, n/a, Stanozolol Start date of sanction: 14/11/2013 End date of sanction: 13/11/2021 Summary: The former Swansea hooker, who ran an online business called Dragon Nutrition, received an eightyear ban for possession and trafficking steroids.

It was from Colclough that Sam Chalmers, the son of former Scotland and Lions outside-half Craig Chalmers, purchased the steroids that brought him a two-year ban.

Sam Chalmers was 19 at the time and says he did not know what he was taking.
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