Giffnock North Athletics Club cross country runner Luke Traynor is facing a ban after testing positive for cocaine.

The 26-year-old athlete apologised in an official statement on his social media account for the "stupid and uncharacteristic mistake."

Traynor has been provisionally suspended from competition by UK Anti-Doping.

The Scot also added in his comments that the drug was not performance enhancing but has revealed he's not looking for sympathy and instead is taking full responsibility.

UK Athletics said: "UK Athletics has today announced that athlete Luke Traynor has been provisionally suspended from participating in athletics after being charged with having committed an anti-doping rule violation contrary to IAAF Anti-Doping Rule Article 2.1 (“Presence of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an Athlete’s Sample”).

"The provisional suspension was issued by UK Anti-Doping and is in accordance with IAAF Anti-Doping Rules.

"The individual now has the opportunity to respond to the charge against him including the right to a full hearing of the case."

In a statement released on their Facebook page, Giffnock North AC said: "The club is deeply disappointed to have to announce that one of our athletes, Luke Traynor, has been provisionally suspended by UK Athletics, following a doping violation.

"It should be noted that the substance involved is in no way performance enhancing, and Luke thoroughly regrets what he's done, but that doesn't excuse the transgression."

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