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Drug tests and rugby
almostatyke (IP Logged)
27 July, 2018 09:38
Ashley Johnson has got a "backdated" ban for failing a drugs test and is now free to start playing from the start of the season, even though he actually played four times in his "ban" period.

[www.bbc.co.uk]

Seems a bit odd that not only has his "the dog ate my homework" excuse been accepted, but the principle that an athlete is responsible for what he/she consumes has been severely compromised by ,in effect, letting him off.


Not impressed, expect lots of similar excuses to be dreamt up in the future.

 
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Re: Drug tests and rugby
opuscoitus (IP Logged)
27 July, 2018 10:23
lines are already blurred as to human error and cheating thanks to many "loophole lawyers" and sadly tars everyone with the same brush,

IMHO sportsmen/women have most things laid on a plate for them with various nutritionists scientists physios agents management etc, they have practically sod all to do apart from train play sleep repeat they are ferried everywhere also so not too much to ask that they are solely responsible for what goes in their bodies, ban should be same across the board with little sympathy for anyone, clubs suffer so their responsibility to educate their athletes,


Although in the Johnson case it could explain his hair.......(Sm76)(Sm6)

 
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Re: Drug tests and rugby
almostatyke (IP Logged)
28 July, 2018 10:30
So Ashley played four times during his "ban"? Presumably for Wasps.

Does that mean that the four opponents can appeal against Wasps for playing an illegible player, and possibly get results overturned? Should Wasps be deducted points?

Absolutely bizarre.


(Sm164)

 
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Re: Drug tests and rugby
leemingtyke (IP Logged)
28 July, 2018 20:45
He must've been able to prove his mitigation, which is fine.

But the 'ban' is an absolute joke which sends out entirely the wrong message. I mean, why bother?

 
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Re: Drug tests and rugby
almostatyke (IP Logged)
28 July, 2018 22:06
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leemingtyke
He must've been able to prove his mitigation, which is fine.

Sorry Leeming but an athlete is responsible for what he/she consumes, once you start allowing mitigating circumstances you are lost.

 
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Re: Drug tests and rugby
leemingtyke (IP Logged)
29 July, 2018 09:58
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almostatyke
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leemingtyke
He must've been able to prove his mitigation, which is fine.

Sorry Leeming but an athlete is responsible for what he/she consumes, once you start allowing mitigating circumstances you are lost.

Yeah absolutely, I'm not condoning doping in any way shape or form, quite the opposite.

It seems the way it works is something like this:

1. You get caught with something in your blood or urine that shouldn't be there.

2. You get the opportunity to have your B sample tested.

3. You get the opportunity to have a hearing to either:

a. Challenge the test result

b. Present your mitigation to get a reduced 'sentence'

All I'm saying is that it seems that Johnson's version of events must've been accepted by the powers that be. The record shows that he is guilty of a doping offence. Unfortunately they didn't follow that up with a serious ban.

He's got away with it which will only encourage more to do it.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 29/07/2018 10:00 by leemingtyke.

 
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Re: Drug tests and rugby
leemingtyke (IP Logged)
03 August, 2018 19:25
Just seen this on the BBC Sport app -

Joanna Blair: Great Britain javelin thrower banned for four years - [www.bbc.co.uk]

Seems to be in line with the ban that Brandon Staples received for, broadly, the same offence ie testing positive for an anabolic steroid.


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