Rugby league player receives sanction

  • Doping Violation Update

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) acknowledges the decision of the UK Anti-Doping Limited (UKAD) to impose a two-year ban on athlete Gabriel Hamlin for the presence of a metabolite of a prohibited substance.

Mr Hamlin, an Australian rugby league player who competed for Wigan Warriors in the United Kingdom, returned an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) from an in-competition doping control test on 8 February 2019.

His sample was analysed at the World Anti-Doping Agency’s accredited laboratory, the Drug Control Centre in Kings College London, which detected the presence of Benzoylecgonine (a metabolite of Cocaine).

UKAD imposed a two-year ban on Mr Hamlin commencing on 8 February 2019.

Mr Hamlin is ineligible to participate in any sports that have adopted a World Anti-Doping Code compliant anti-doping policy until 8 February 2021.

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

Cocaine is classed as an S6 stimulant on the Prohibited List and is prohibited in-competition.

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:

  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Chest pain
  • Kidney failure
  • Seizures or stroke

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Sport Integrity Australia recommends checking substances before taking them and following our advice on supplements

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