Rugby league athlete receives sanction
The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) today acknowledged the decision of Country Rugby League (CRL) to impose a two-year ban on athlete Ian Catania for the presence of a prohibited substance.
Mr Catania returned an Adverse Analytical Finding from an in-competition doping control test on 11 August 2018.
His sample was analysed at the Australian Sports Drug Testing Laboratory, part of the National Measurement Institute, which detected the presence of Benzoylecgonine (a metabolite of Cocaine).
Generally, cocaine produces an intense ‘rush’ with users feeling a sense of euphoria, alertness, arousal, and increased confidence. Many users find the drug addictive and may face a number of short- and long-term health problems including an irregular heartbeat, chest pain, kidney failure, and seizures or stroke.
- Country Rugby League imposed a two-year ban on Mr Catania commencing on 27 August 2018.
- Mr Catania is ineligible to participate in any sports that have adopted a World Anti-Doping Code compliant anti-doping policy until 27 August 2020.
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