Mark Dry: Scottish hammer thrower provisionally suspended on doping charge

Mark Dry
Mark Dry had been targeting Tokyo 2020 after hip surgery

Scottish hammer thrower Mark Dry says he is "surprised" that news of his UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) suspension was announced by UK Athletics given the "investigation is still ongoing".

On Tuesday, it emerged he has been charged with "attempted tampering with any part of doping control".

That rule covers "providing fraudulent information" and his case is believed to relate to a whereabouts issue.

Dry, 31, will fight the charge and is taking legal advice.

"I am surprised by UK Athletics' stance given that the investigation is still ongoing," said Dry, who won bronze at the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games before having hip surgery last summer.

"I am currently taking legal advice and will respond in due course."

UK Athletics say Dry has "the opportunity to respond to the charge including the right to a full hearing" but have not given details of the alleged tampering.

"We are aware of the case involving a Scottish athlete," said Scottish Athletics.

"There is a process to be followed and we have to await the outcome of that process [which involves UK Athletics and UK Anti-Doping].

"We have a duty of care for all our athletes and that is very much in our thoughts at this stage, too."

Rule Article 2.5, under which Dry has been charged, can also include "attempting to interfere with a doping control official" or "attempting to intimidate a potential witness".

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