Athletics athlete receives sanction

6 December 2019

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) today acknowledged the decision of Athletics Australia to impose a four-year ban on athlete Holly Bender for the presence of a prohibited substance and the metabolites of a prohibited substance, the use of a prohibited substance, and tampering or attempted tampering with any part of doping control.

Ms Bender returned an Adverse Analytical Finding from an in-competition doping control test at the Australian Athletics Championships on 2 April 2017.

Her sample was analysed at the Australian Sports Drug Testing Laboratory, part of the National Measurement Institute, which detected the presence of a prohibited substance and the metabolites of a prohibited substance, namely, exogenous Testosterone, Androsterone, Etiocholanolone and 5β-androstane-3α,17β-diol.

These substances are classified under category S1 of the World Anti-Doping Code Prohibited List 2017 as anabolic agents and are prohibited both in and out-of-competition.

It was alleged that on and/or before 2 April 2017, Ms Bender used a Prohibited Substance, namely Dehydroepiandrosterone, and that on and/or between 16 May 2018 and 24 May 2018, it is alleged she tampered or attempted to tamper with any part of doping control.

Athletics Australia imposed a four-year ban on Ms Bender commencing on 22 October 2017.

Ms Bender will be eligible to return to competition on 22 October 2021.

Additional information on the prohibited substance

Anabolic agents pose many threats to an athlete’s health and some side effects may include an increase in blood pressure and cholesterol levels which can lead to heart disease. Liver disease and infertility can also result from the use of these agents.

ASADA is committed to protecting the rights of clean athletes to fair competition. If you are aware of any suspicious doping activity, you can report it anonymously via the ASADA website:  or call us on 13 000 27232.

ASADA recommends you check all your substances before you take them on the ASADA Clean Sport app. For more information visit: ASADA tech.