Scots hammer thrower given four-year ban for doping breach

Two-time Commonwealth Games medallist admits lying about his whereabouts at hearing.

Scottish hammer thrower Mark Dry has been suspended for four years for a breach of the doping rules.

The 32-year-old – who won bronze medals at the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games – admitted lying about his whereabouts at an initial hearing before the independent National Anti-Doping Panel (NADP) in October last year.

The panel dismissed the charge against Dry, but UK Anti-Doping appealed that decision.

In the view of the NADP appeal tribunal, Dry’s false account was deemed to be conduct intended to “subvert the doping control process” and was therefore to be considered ‘tampering’ under the rules.

The period of ineligibility commenced following the provisional suspension on May 8, 2019 and will end on September 25, 2023 inclusive.

UKAD deputy director of legal and regulatory affairs Stacey Cross said: “This case is a very clear example that athletes must conduct themselves with honesty during the anti-doping process, and what is at risk if they don’t.”

In October, the initial panel ruled that the lie did not constitute tampering, in part because no sanctions would have been forthcoming for the filing failure, which was a first offence.

Three whereabouts filing failures within a 12-month period can result in a ban.

The panel found in October that there had been no subversion of the doping control process and found that, although the initial information provided by Dry was false, it was not fraudulent.

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