Powerlifting athlete receives sanction

  • Doping Violation Update

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) today acknowledged the decision of Powerlifting Australia to impose a four-year ban on athlete Jessica Gray for the presence, use and possession of prohibited substances.

Ms Gray was selected for in-competition testing at the Australian National Para Powerlifting Championships held at the Carrara Indoor Stadium, Carrara, on 21 October 2017.

Her sample was analysed at the Australian Sports Drug Testing Laboratory, part of the National Measurement Institute, which detected the presence of 19-Norandrosterone and 19-Noretiocholanolone (metabolites of Nandrolone, Norandrostenedione or Norandrostenediol) which are prohibited substances under S1.1b of the 2017 World Anti-Doping Code Prohibited List.

Additional information on the prohibited substances


According to the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG), Nandrolone is sold as a treatment for conditions such as acute renal failure, inoperable mammary carcinoma, osteoporosis and aplastic anaemia. Possession without authority (i.e. prescription) is an offence.

Some of the general side effects of Nandrolone include:

  • Swelling of ankles or feet
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Rash and:
  • Increased or decreased sexual desire

In females, Nandrolone could cause changes to the:

  • Voice - which may be long-lasting or permanent
  • Increased body or facial hair, and:
  • Masculinisation

Nandrolone also shows specific side effects in males, for example:

  • Enlargement of the breast
  • Difficulty to urinate due to growth of the prostate
  • Reduction in sperm count
  • Testicular atrophy and:
  • Impotence

Norandrostenedione or Norandrostenediol are listed under Schedule 4 of the Poisons Standard and are therefore regulated poisons. Possession without authority is an offence.

Nandrolone, Norandrostenedione or Norandrostenediol are prohibited imports under the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulation 1956. Importation into Australia without a permit is an offence.

  • Ms Gray is ineligible to participate in any sports that have adopted a World Anti-Doping Code compliant anti-doping policy until 16 January 2022.
  • She is also not permitted to compete in a non-Signatory professional league or Event organised by a non-Signatory event organisation.

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