Monday 20 November 2017

Rauktys insists wife's mistake led to failed drugs test

Athletics

Tomas Rauktys
Tomas Rauktys
Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

IRELAND'S national shot and discus champion, who has been banned for two years for failing a drugs test, said it happened because his wife accidentally put a prohibited steroid into his supplements.

Tomas Rauktys (28), from Lithuania, who has been competing for Clonliffe Harriers for the past five years, tested positive for stanozolol after winning the shot putt title at July's National Championships in Santry.

"I am guilty for what happened, I sincerely regret it," he said.

He said he wanted to clarify what had happened, claiming it was an accident and that he had not deliberately cheated.

Rauktys admitted that an acquaintance of his in a Dublin gym had given him a bottle containing 12-14 pills of stanozolol in late 2012. He said he held on to them in case he wanted to use them in a bodybuilding career following his retirement from athletics and had stored the bottle on the same shelf as his daily supplements.

Rauktys revealed that he usually takes between 27 to 34 supplements a day and his wife used to crush them for him. He claimed that, on this occasion, she accidentally put the stanozolol into the mixture.

UNSAFE

Rauktys did not contest the positive finding and agreed that, as his wife had no knowledge of supplements, it was unsafe to ask her to prepare them for him.

But at his hearing with the Irish Anti-Doping disciplinary panel – where he was accompanied by an interpreter – he admitted that he had realised that he had ingested stanozolol yet still went ahead and competed at the Nationals.

The panel also noted that Rauktys took a significant array of supplements, but only reported "a minority" of them when he filled out the anti-doping control form during testing on July 27.

There has been no dramatic spike in Rauktys' performances over the past five years, when he improved his discus by seven metres and his shot by three metres. But he has won the last four Irish senior discus titles and achieved the double – with the shot – for the first time this year.

He has now been stripped of his 2013 titles and banned from all athletics until August 2015.

Clonliffe Harriers secretary Noel Guiden said they "abhorred" the use of drugs in sport and were "extremely disappointed and shocked" that one of their athletes had committed a doping offence.

Rauktys was only the third athlete to receive a drugs ban in Ireland this year. Young Munster rugby player John Moroney got three months for cannabis and Drimnagh boxer Sean Turner got a year for failing, three times, to file the mandatory 'whereabouts' documents.

Irish Independent

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