Double Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Mark Dry has been given a provisional suspension by UK Anti-Doping after receiving a charge of “tampering or attempted tampering with any part of doping control".
UK Athletics announced the provisional suspension after the Scottish hammer thrower was charged for “conduct which subverts the doping control process but which would not otherwise be included in the definition of prohibited methods", according to the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) Anti-Doping Rule Article 2.5.
“Tampering shall include, without limitation, intentionally interfering or attempting to interfere with a doping control official, providing fraudulent information to an anti-doping organization, or intimidating or attempting to intimidate a potential witness," the rule reads.
Dry took bronze at Glasgow 2014 and Gold Coast 2018.
His personal best of 76.93 metres from 2015 puts him fifth on the UK all-time list.
He can respond to the charge and has the right to a full hearing.
“I am surprised at UK Athletics’s stance given that the investigation is ongoing,” Dry said.
“I am taking legal advice and will respond in due course.”
Scottish Athletics are aware of Dry's suspension and understand he will seek a hearing and appeal the decision, as reported by Athletics Weekly.
"We are aware of the case involving a Scottish athlete," the governing body said.
"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’s very much in our thoughts at this stage, too."