Via UKAD: Basketball player Alfredie (AJ) Roberts has been suspended from all sport for a period of two years following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV).
Mr Roberts provided a Sample In-Competition on 19 May 2019, following the British Basketball League Final between the London City Royals and Leicester Riders.
Analysis of Mr Roberts’ Sample returned an Adverse Analytical Finding for carboxy-THC, a metabolite of cannabis. Carboxy-THC is prohibited under section S8 of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 2019 Prohibited List. It is a Specified substance and is prohibited In-Competition only.
Mr Roberts was charged with violating Anti-Doping Rule Article 2.1 – “Presence of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers”. Mr Roberts accepted the presence of carboxy-THC in his A Sample, stating that he ingested it Out-of-Competition between 13 – 17 May 2019.
The Head of the Drug Control Centre at King’s College London, having considered Mr Roberts’ account, accepted that it was entirely possible that his ingestion of cannabis took place Out-of-Competition. Accordingly, as set out in Anti-Doping Rule Article 10.2.2, the period of Ineligibility is two years.
UKAD’s Director of Operations, Pat Myhill, said: “While some recreational drugs may not particularly enhance sporting performance, there are still significant and valid reasons why they are named on WADA’s Prohibited List.
“Cannabis is banned In-Competition and Athletes are solely responsible for what is in their system, regardless of whether there is an intention to cheat or not. Sportspeople must be aware that using cannabis, even Out-of-Competition, will put them at risk of breaking the Anti-Doping Rules and receiving a ban.”
The period of ineligibility commenced on 19 May 2019 and will expire on 18 May 2021 inclusive.
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