UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) today confirmed that Gavin Duffy has been suspended from all sport for 15 months following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation.
Duffy, who played for Keighley Cougars, tested positive for the presence of benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine, following an in-competition test on 30 July 2015 after a match in which he played for Keighley Cougars Reserves.
Following a hearing in January 2016, the National Anti-Doping Panel imposed a 15 month sanction on Mr Duffy. Having been provided a full explanation for Mr Duffy’s violation, the Panel determined that the player acted with ‘no significant fault or negligence’ in committing his violation and thereby reduced his ban by nine months.
Duffy is banned from all sport from 20 August 2015 to midnight 19 November 2016.