Rochdale News | Sports News | Rangi Chase is serving a month ban from sports after failing a drug test

Date published: February 09, 2022

Rochdale Hornets player Rangi Chase has served a month-long ban from all sports after traces of cocaine were found in his urine last year.

UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) confirmed earlier this week that the half-back received a one-month ban after completing a drug treatment programme.

The former Man of Steel, who re-signed for the Hornets in September last year, is now free to play again after having his ban reduced from three months to one which has already been served due to his suspended in October 2021.

Chase was banned after UKAD collected an in-competition urine sample after a game between Hornets and Barrow Raiders in September.

Analysis of his urine sample returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine, with the 35-year-old acknowledging that he had taken the drug in a private social setting.

UKAD Acting Chief Executive Pat Myhill has confirmed that Chase is the first athlete to complete the program and have his ban reduced.

He said: “In line with the 2021 World Anti-Doping Code, we are putting more emphasis on the health and well-being of athletes to help them get the help they may need.

“We work hard to educate them about the harmful side effects and consequences of drug use.

“Athletes should be aware that even when using so-called ‘recreational drugs’ in a social setting, they risk harming their health, as well as their career, and may be banned from sport.”

Rochdale Hornets CEO Steve Kerr said in a statement: “The Rochdale Hornets are aware of the circumstances regarding an out-of-competition anti-doping rule violation in reference to Rangi Chase last year.

“The club supports the rehabilitation of the player in conjunction with Sporting Chance and with the backing of the RFL and will not comment further on this.”

Ruth J. Leeds