Rugby player gets ban for anti-doping violation

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Joseph Stokes of Matson RFC has been suspended for a period of two years from all sport following the decision of an independent national anti-doping panel for an anti-doping violation.
Stokes tested positive for the presence of the prohibited substance Benzolecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine.

He was tested following a match between Matson RFC and Clevedon RFC on 11 March 2017.
The national anti-doping panel commented: “The conclusion reached by the panel is based upon the common ground between the parties, in particular the player’s case that the ingestion was not intentional. The period of ineligibility imposed upon the player shall therefore be a period of two years.”
The period of ineligibility has been applied from the date of the provisional suspension 31 March 2017 to 30 March 2019.
The independent panel consisted of David Casement QC (Chair), Dr Mike Irani and Carole Billington-Wood.

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