Rugby league athlete receives sanction
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 10.2.4.1 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.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE PROHIBITED SUBSTANCE
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.