Football player receives sanction

11 December 2019

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) today acknowledged the decision of Football Federation Australia (FFA) to impose a two-year ban on athlete Ken Ilso Larsen for the presence of the metabolite of a prohibited substance.

Mr Ilso Larsen returned an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) from an in-competition doping control test on 27 January 2019.

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).

The FFA imposed a two-year ban on Mr Ilso Larsen commencing on 21 March 2019.

Mr Ilso Larsen is ineligible to participate in any sports that have adopted a World Anti-Doping Code compliant anti-doping policy until 21 March 2021.

Additional information on the prohibited substance

Cocaine is classed as an S6 stimulant on the Prohibited List and is prohibited in-competition. 

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.

ASADA is committed to protecting the right of clean athletes to fair competition. If you are aware of any suspicious doping activity, you can report it anonymously via the ASADA website: www.asada.gov.au/report-doping 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.

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