NORWALK -- A Norwalk athlete made national headlines Thursday after Britain's anti-doping agency handed him a two-year ban for testing positive at last year's Scottish Highland Games.
Amateur athlete Sam Grammer told The Hour that he regrets his mistake, but said given the chance he wouldn't change his decision.
Those substances, which UK Anti-Doping said he tested positive for, allowed Grammer and his wife to conceive their first child.
"As heartbreaking of a situation as this is," Grammer said, "I would never change the outcome, ever. This child may be the greatest gift I can give to this world."
Grammer, who was married last June at the Round Hill Highland Games in Norwalk, says the banned substances were fertility drugs prescribed by his doctor.
He and his wife, Kate, are expecting their first child later this spring.
"Nothing was performance-enhancing," he said. "I have never cheated and I never will. It's an upsetting and unfortunate situation for myself and I accept responsibility."
Grammer, 28, said he plans to appeal the agency's decision.
His application for a retrospective therapeutic use exemption was rejected, although the UKAD accepted that Grammer did not intend to enhance his performance and the substances were present in medication prescribed by his doctor.
"It's a huge expense to hire an attorney, and I'm not sure it's worth fighting for," he said. "(The Highland Games) is just a hobby of mine."
A pharmaceutical salesman by profession, Grammer competed in caber tossing and hammer throwing events at the games.
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