Decision: UKAD v Zak Hardaker (RFL)
The decision in the case of UKAD v Zak Hardaker (RFL) has been published by the National Anti-Doping Panel (NADP).
On 8 September 2017, rugby league player Zak Hardaker of Castleford Tigers RLFC was subject to an In-Competition test following a match between Castleford Tigers and Leeds Rhinos RLFC, held at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle stadium in Castleford. Analysis of Mr Hardaker’s urine sample returned an Adverse Analytical Finding for benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of Cocaine. Mr Harker was charged pursuant to ADR Article 2.1 on 5 October 2017.
The NADP Tribunal consisting of Charles Hollander QC, Robert Englehart QC and Blondel Thompson. It was determined that Mr Hardaker had ingested cocaine in circumstances where there was no question of a performance enhancing benefit and that he was entitled to a finding of No Significant Fault or Negligence. The period of Ineligibility imposed by the Tribunal was fourteen (14) months.
The National Anti-Doping Panel (NADP) is the United Kingdom’s independent tribunal responsible for adjudicating anti-doping disputes in sport. It is operated by Sport Resolutions and is entirely independent of UK Anti-Doping and the RFU, who are responsible for investigating, charging and prosecuting cases before the NADP.