BMX cyclist receives sanction

  • Doping Violation Update

Sport Integrity Australia acknowledges the decision of AusCycling to impose a three-month ban on athlete Raina Beesley for the presence of a metabolite of a prohibited substance.

Ms Beesley returned an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) from an In-Competition doping control test on 19 December 2021.

Her sample was analysed at the Australian Sports Drug Testing Laboratory, part of the National Measurement Institute, which detected the presence of a metabolite of a prohibited substance, namely 11-nor-delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-9-carboxylic acid (a metabolite of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)).

Tetrahydrocannabinol THC is listed under Class S8 ‘Cannabinoids’ of the 2021 Prohibited List and is classified as a Substance of Abuse.

It was determined that Ms Beesley ingested the THC Out-of-Competition and that the ingestion or use of THC was unrelated to sport performance.

AusCycling thereby imposed a three-month ban on Ms Beesley commencing on 1 July 2022, consistent with Article of the Australian National Anti-Doping Policy 2021.

Ms Beesley is ineligible to participate in any sports that have adopted a World Anti-Doping Code compliant anti-doping policy until 1 October 2022.


All prohibited substances are added to the Prohibited List because they meet two of the three following criteria:

  • Use of the substance has the potential to enhance performance.
  • Use of the substance can cause harm to the health of the athlete; and
  • Use of the substance violates the spirit of sport.

All natural and synthetic cannabinoids are prohibited In-Competition with the exception of Cannabidiol. This includes:

  • All cannabis (hashish, marijuana) and cannabis products.
  • Natural and synthetic tetrahydrocannabinols (THCs); and
  • Synthetic cannabinoids that mimic the effects of THC.

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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