UK Anti-Doping confirm two year ban for Penkywicz

Sean Penkywicz
Sean Penkywicz

LEIGH Centurions hooker Sean Penkywicz has been banned from all sports for two years by UK Anti-Doping.

Last month Penkywicz declared that he had given up his fight against a drugs ban from UKAD for a positive test for the substance GHRP6.

Penkywicz strongly denied taking the substance, which is normally injected, although it can be administered in creams and gels.

But in a statement issued today, UK Anti-Doping said: “Penkywicz submitted a sample following an out-of-competition test on December 5, 2014. This sample was tested by the Drug Control Centre at King’s College London and was found to contain no prohibited substances.

“UKAD then instructed the laboratory on January 27 2015 to re-examine the same sample specifically for Growth Hormone Releasing Factors and it was found to contain Hormone Releasing Peptide-6 (GHRP-6).”

Growth Hormone Releasing Factors are classified under section S2 of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Prohibited List and this is the second finding of its kind in the UK for GHRP-6.

Penkywicz is banned from all sport until April 2017.

UKAD’s Chief Executive Nicole Sapstead said:“Under the World Anti-Doping Code, all samples taken from elite athletes can be stored for up to 10 years, which enables us to go back at any time and retest that same sample.

“The retrospective analysis of samples, together with the Athletes Biological Passport (ABP) and intelligence led testing, are all vital tools in UKAD’s mission to protect clean sport and catch those who believe they can cheat and win.

“UKAD’s message is clear. Doping in sport will not be tolerated. We will use every tool we can to protect clean athletes and support them to compete, and win, clean.”

Penkywicz had previously said: “This really has hit me hard as I just can’t understand it and I am now legally advised I need to accept a two year ban, which essentially ends my career at a time when I was finding some of my best form.

“It is so frustrating and angers me to be told I have put something into my body when I know I haven’t. I want to keep fighting but it is just making me ill and there simply is nothing more in the tank.”