Rugby League player receives sanction
The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) today acknowledged the decision of the Queensland Rugby League (QRL) to sanction athlete Reegan Creedy for the presence and use of a prohibited substance.
Mr Creedy returned an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) from an out-of-competition doping control test on 31 January 2019.
His sample was analysed at the Australian Sports Drug Testing Laboratory, part of the National Measurement Institute, which detected the presence of Higenamine.
The QRL imposed a one year and six month ban on Mr Creedy commencing on 3 May 2019.
Mr Creedy is ineligible to participate in any sports that have adopted a World Anti-Doping Code compliant anti-doping policy until 3 November 2020. He is also not permitted to compete in a non-signatory professional league, or event organised by a non-signatory International or National level event organisation.
Additional information on the prohibited substance
Higenamine is a S3 class Beta-2 Agonist (these types of substances allow the lungs to take in more oxygen) and is prohibited in and out-of-competition. However, as a cardiotonic, Higenamine can increase heart rate, putting an athlete at an increased risk of arrhythmias and even death.