Reports that Matt Davies has been banned follows news that harsher penalties are to be put in place for athletes who fail drugs tests for the first time
Australian sprinter Matt Davies has been banned for two years while an Australian field athlete is under investigation for a drug offence after missing drugs tests three times, reports Australian publication The Age.
Davies, who competed at the 2009 and 2011 World Championships as a member of the Australian sprint relay teams, is understood to have “imported tablet supplements to help with training recovery in the belief they were not banned products,” states The Age.
In response to reports of an on-going Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) investigation, Athletics Australia said: “As a signatory to the WADA code, we cannot pre-empt any announcements from ASADA regarding any athlete findings.
“We are therefore simply not in a position to provide comment at this time but will do so at such time as ASADA publicly releases any findings relevant to Athletics.”
As well as competing at the last two World Championships, Davies, who has a 100m PB of 10.23 and a 200m PB of 20.54 both recorded in Perth in 2010, also attended the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, running the 200m and relay.
The field athlete being investigated for missing drug tests is said to have been absent from the location he advised ASADA he could be found at when he was needed for drugs tests.
Other recent news states that former Russian cross country champion Yekaterina Shlyakhova has also received a two-year ban, but her ban comes after she failed a drugs test for a steroid at this year’s national cross country championships.
The reports follow confirmation from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that four-year bans for first doping offences are likely to be brought in at the end of this year, to replace the current two-year bans.
A new edition of the World Anti- Doping Code, which could be approved this November, would see harsher penalties applied from 2015, with the Agency also calling for stricter sanctions for coaches, agents and other support staff who are involved with athletes failing drugs tests.