Japanese fly-half Ryohei Yamanaka has been banned for two years after testing positive for a steroid which he says was an ingredient in a cream he was using to encourage moustache growth.
The 23-year-old, who has just a single cap to his name but was expected to be part of Japan’s squad for the World Cup, tested positive for a steroid, thought to be methyltestosterone or methandriol, in a sample taken back in April.
But Yamanaka has argued that, rather than doping for performance enhancement, the banned substance entered his system through a moustache cream.
“Because of my own negligence I have caused a lot of upset and anxiety,” the Kobeico Steelers player said in a statement released on Wednesday.
Nevertheless, the player will not be contesting the ban, which bars him from professional rugby until April 2013.
“The player and the Japan Rugby Football Union solemnly accept the ruling,” Japan Rugby Football Union chairman Tatsuzo Yabe stated.
by robin & Arden