Posted 17 December 2010 - 11:28 AM
Steve had declared the taking of a sports supplement at the time of the testing and it appears that the banned substance was one of the ingredients of this supplement, even though it was not named in the list printed on the packet, nor on the website for the product.
Steve was represented at the Anti Doping Tribunal by the club’s solicitor, and the panel listened sympathetically to the case, but still reached a guilty verdict. The panel were obviously mindful of the steps that Steve had taken to minimise the risk of taking any banned substance and accepted that there was no intention on Steve’s part to enhance his performance, by handing out a ban of just four months.
Hunslet Hawks are also sympathetic to Steve’s case, and have backed the player by offering him a new contract, to take effect from 18th January 2011, when he is able to resume his rugby league career.
Steve commented, “I am looking forward to putting this episode behind me and getting on with my playing career. I would advise any player to be very careful before taking any supplements as I wouldn’t want them to have to go through what has happened to me. I am grateful to Hunslet for helping me to get through this ordeal”
Darren Williams, the Hawks’ Director of Rugby, added “We know that Steve never intended to break any rules and we are happy to support a player who has set a fine example as a professional player for well over a decade in the game”.
Posted 17 December 2010 - 01:50 PM
"Nihil sine Deo" "We've Swept The Seas Before Boys, & So We Shall Again" "More than a club"
Posted 17 December 2010 - 03:25 PM
Edited by Robin Evans, 17 December 2010 - 03:26 PM.
Posted 17 December 2010 - 07:16 PM
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