In August 2023 the United Kingdom Anti-Doping (UKAD) reported an anti-doping rule violation against the rugby player Tobias Richardson after his sample tested positive for the prohibited substance Cocaine.
Following notification the Athlete admitted the violation, waived his right for a hearing, accepted a provisional suspension and the sanction proposed by UKAD.
The Athlete acknowledged that on a Friday with friends he recreationally had used Cocaine out-of-competition and thereupon on Sunday had a match and sample collection. Besides consuming pints of beer on Friday night he had used a total of one gram of Cocaine.
UKAD accepts that the Athlete had used Cocaine out-of-competition in a context unrelated to sport performance that permits the imposition of a reduced sanction.
Therefore UKAD decides on 13 November 2023 to impose a 3 month period of ineligibility on the Athlete, starting on the date of the provisional suspension, i.e. on 17 August 2023.