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Scotland lock Scott MacLeod cleared of failing drugs test

Scotland lock Scott MacLeod cleared of failing drugs test

Scotland lock Scott MacLeod was cleared of a doping offense Monday after testing positive for an asthma medication.
The Scottish Rugby Union said MacLeod could continue to play in the Six Nations after an independent judicial committee ruled he inadvertently took a prohibited asthma medication without the required permission.
"I'm not a cheat and I'm pleased that the panel accepted that I'd used Terbutaline inadvertently and that there had been no intention to enhance sports performance," MacLeod said.
The SRU said MacLeod tested positive in a urine test for Terbutaline at Scotland training in January. The drug is legal to use if an athlete has a therapeutic use exemption (TUE).
"His understanding was that he had a valid TUE for his asthma inhaler and he did not appreciate that separate TUEs would be needed for the two different drugs," the SRU said. "At some stage after his TUE was granted for Salbutamol, he reverted to using Terbutaline."
The SRU said MacLeod's TUE form for Salbutamol, dated April 2006, noted that the player previously used Terbutaline.
McLeod was told of the positive test on Feb. 14 and appeared at a disciplinary hearing last Monday. The SRU said MacLeod was given the minimum sanction of a warning and a reprimand.
"Hopefully other players will be a bit more savvy given what's happened to me," MacLeod said. "I want to put this behind me now and concentrate on the job in hand with the national team."
The 28-year-old MacLeod made his Scotland debut during the World Cup and has played 14 times for the national side.
"In making today's announcement, we were under no regulatory requirement to name Scott," SRU international administration manager Gregor Nicholson said. "However, given that he feels it's been a salutary lesson, he has agreed to his name being released to help to underline the message to all other players.
"Scott's case also raises the fact that it is a moot point whether these asthma medications should be on the prohibited list at all."
Scotland is last in the Six Nations standings after three matches and lost 34-13 to Ireland on Saturday.


Updated : 2020-12-05 13:29 GMT+08:00