Gabe Hamlin claims his positive test for cocaine was a result of kissing a woman, following today’s confirmation of his two-year ban from the sport.
Hamlin was released from Wigan last year after news of his charge emerged.
The ban is back-dated from his initial suspension, which means he’ll be free to resume his career on 7 February 2021.
The Australian maintains his innocence, claiming the drug entered his system without him knowing.
UK Anti-Doping’s judgement reports that Hamlin “asserts that on the evening of 7 February 2019 (the night before sample collection) he was at his home with a woman he had met through an online dating application”.
It continues: “Mr Hamlin indicates that he and the woman kissed during the course of the evening from around 10:30pm.
“Mr Hamlin maintains he did not consume cocaine or see the woman consuming it; he suggests that she appeared ‘very chatty and visited the bathroom several times’ and that he discovered white powder in his bathroom the following morning (though he did not presume this to be cocaine at that time).”
But in their own findings, UKAD say Hamlin’s account doesn’t stand scrutiny and that the sample was consistent with the ‘out of competition’ ingestion.
Pat Myhill, UK Anti-Doping Director of Operations, said: “Athletes are solely responsible for what is in their system, regardless of how they claim it got there and whether there was an intention to cheat or not. It is quite simply not worth the risk.”
In a statement, Wigan Warriors said: “Wigan Warriors have been constrained legally from commenting until the conclusion of the investigation by WADA but can now confirm that the club dismissed Gabe Hamlin on the 19th of July 2019 without notice on his admission of an anti-doping rule violation.
“We wish Gabe well and have offered him rehabilitation assistance once his ban has been served.”