Rugby league athlete receives sanction

  • Doping Violation Update

Sport Integrity Australia acknowledges the decision of Queensland Rugby League (QRL) to impose a one-month ban on athlete Rory Ferguson for the presence of a metabolite of a prohibited substance.

Mr Ferguson returned an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) from an in-competition doping control test on 4 September 2021.

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.

QRL imposed a one-month ban on Mr Ferguson commencing on 25 September 2021, consistent with Article of the 2021 World Anti-Doping Code 2021 (Substances of Abuse).

Mr Ferguson was ineligible to participate in any sports that have adopted a World Anti-Doping Code compliant anti-doping policy until 25 October 2021.


Cocaine is classed as an S6 stimulant on the Prohibited List and is prohibited in-competition. It is also classed as a Substance of Abuse under the Prohibited List.

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.

Sport Integrity Australia recommends athletes check substances and medications before taking them and to follow our advice on sports supplements

The Sport Integrity app provides a resource to check substances and medications. As well as information on how to find batch-tested supplements and see if a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) is needed.

The app is available for free download on the App Store and Google Play

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