World Rugby acquits Treu

World Rugby has found no evidence to support the slanderous accusations made towards Paul Treu regarding the use of banned substances amongst his players.

These allegations – which stated that the former Kenya Sevens head coach promoted the use of illegal supplements amongst his players – were made by Kenya’s head of the task force on anti-doping, Professor Moni Wekesa.

In an official World Rugby release it stated that an independent investigation commissioned by the organisation has found no grounds to support these findings contained within the Kenya Anti-Doping Taskforce Report.

World Rugby commissioned the investigation, with the full support of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), in response to the findings of the Kenya Anti-Doping Taskforce Report which alleged doping practices by coaches involved in the senior national team Fifteens and Sevens programmes during 2013-14.

Specifically, the Taskforce Report alleged: ‘In rugby, at the national team level and at two of the clubs there appears to be systematic doping of players through the use of food supplements laced with steroids.’

The investigation involved re-analysis of the supplements which were claimed to contain steroids, at a WADA accredited laboratory, and interviews with current and former Kenya Rugby Football Union coaches.

World Rugby is also prioritising the training of more regional educators to deliver anti-doping information at regional level, with a new pilot programme to be rolled out in 2016.

While the investigation did not identify evidence that an anti-doping rule violation may have been committed, World Rugby continues to work with the Kenya Rugby Football Union to implement robust supplement education to all players and coaching staff via its Keep Rugby Clean programme.

Kenyan players will also be tested extensively as part of the World Rugby anti-doping programme and in particular its pre-Olympic testing programme for participating unions and players.

The comprehensive investigation was undertaken by independent World Rugby Anti-Doping Advisory Committee member Gregor Nicholson and specifically focused on whether there was any evidence to suggest that an anti-doping rule violation had occurred.

The investigation confirmed that nutritional supplements were used by the Kenya Rugby Union. No evidence were found that suggests that the supplements used by the players contained any banned substance or that members of the national coaching staff violated the anti-doping rule.

Contrary to the allegations made towards Treu and his coaching staff none was found that supplements were not introduced to the players. The report also noted that the Kenya men’s Sevens and 15s squads were routinely tested in and out of competition at World Rugby events, with no adverse analytical findings. These outcomes have been shared with WADA.