Scottish cross country runner Luke Traynor is facing a ban after testing positive for cocaine.
The 26-year-old athlete apologised in an official statement on his social media account for the “stupid and uncharacteristic mistake.”
Traynor has been provisionally suspended from competition by UK Anti-Doping.
Please see the below for my statement on the latest UKA announcement. pic.twitter.com/95ckURAJIH
— Luke Traynor (@luketraynor1) July 25, 2019
However he has the right to a hearing.
The Scot also added in his comments that the drug was not performance enhancing but has revealed he’s not looking for sympathy and instead is taking full responsibility.
UK Athletics said: “UK Athletics has today announced that athlete Luke Traynor has been provisionally suspended from participating in athletics after being charged with having committed an anti-doping rule violation contrary to IAAF Anti-Doping Rule Article 2.1 (“Presence of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an Athlete’s Sample”).
“The provisional suspension was issued by UK Anti-Doping and is in accordance with IAAF Anti-Doping Rules.
“The individual now has the opportunity to respond to the charge against him including the right to a full hearing of the case.”