Rugby League Athlete Playing in France Receives Sanction

  • Doping Violation Update

Sport Integrity Australia acknowledges the decision of the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD) to impose a three-month ban on athlete James Maloney for the presence of a prohibited substance and its metabolite.

Mr Maloney returned an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) from an in-competition doping control test on 27 February 2022 in Carcassonne (Aude, France), while playing in the Elite 1 rugby championship.

His sample was analysed at the French anti-doping laboratory, which detected the presence of cocaine and its metabolite Benzoylecgonine.

The AFLD imposed a three-month ban on Mr Maloney commencing on 23 June 2022, consistent with article L. 232-23 of the sports code.

Mr Maloney was ineligible to participate in any sports that have adopted a World Anti-Doping Code compliant anti-doping policy until 18 August 2022.

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

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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