Rugby player banned for four years after positive drugs test

PUBLISHED: 08:03 01 August 2017 | UPDATED: 08:05 01 August 2017

Mike Lowis.

Mike Lowis.

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A Clevedon rugby player has been banned from the sport for four years after breaching doping regulations.

Mike Lowis, aged 40, tested positive for two banned substances – drostanolone and trenbolone – after being required to give a urine sample following a 24-19 win against Bridgwater & Albion RFC back in March.

The Clevedon full-back chose not to contest the charge and his ban was dealt with at a hearing last month – the findings of which were made public yesterday (Monday).

No evidence was given that suggested any other player was involved.

William Norris QC, who chaired the hearing, said: “A remarkable feature of the case is that the player has offered absolutely no explanation for how the prohibited substances came to be in his system.

“In those circumstances, Mr Lowis has made no attempt to demonstrate that his conduct was not intentional and to discharge the burden of establishing any basis upon which the period of ineligibility shall be reduced below four years.”

Mr Lowis began a provisional suspension on April 10 when the failed test came to light.

His four-year ban will be backdated to start from that date, meaning he will be unable to play a competitive match until April 2021.

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