Media statement: Eight bodybuilders receive two to four-year sporting bans

1 May 2013

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) today acknowledged the decision of Australasian Natural Bodybuilding (ANB) to impose sporting bans on eight bodybuilding competitors for a range of anti-doping rule violations.

Following an in-competition sample collection at the ANB National Championships in Fairfield, NSW on 16 October 2011, Neil Stallbaun tested positive for a metabolite of nandrolone or norandrostenedione or norandrostenediol; and other anabolic agents mesterolone, and boldenone. Mr Stallbaun also tested positive to methylhexaneamine (stimulant), cannabis (cannabinoid), and hydrochlorothiazide (diuretic).

Due to aggravating circumstances in the matter, namely, multiple anti-doping rule violations being committed, Mr Stallbaun was given a four-year ban by ANB for the presence and use of prohibited substances.*

The athlete may return to competition on 19 October 2016.

Gil Laconsay was banned by ANB for two years for the possession and attempted use of Stanozolol, an anabolic agent.

As a Government authority, ASADA works closely with the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) to investigate the trafficking of prohibited drugs, medications and substances.

ACBPS intercepted a package on 28 November 2010 and notified ASADA. Following an extensive investigation by ASADA, the matter was referred to the ANB as a potential violation of its anti-doping policy.

The athlete may return to competition on 31 August 2014.

Daniel McCarthy refused to submit to in-competition testing at the ANB Australian Championships at the Marconi Club, Bossley Park, NSW on 16 October 2011.                                              

All athletes must comply with a request by ASADA to provide a sample. Athletes are warned that a refusal to submit to sample collection after being notified of the obligation to do so may result in an anti-doping rule violation being declared against them.

Mr McCarthy was given a two-year ban by ANB for failing to comply. The athlete may return to competition on 26 September 2014.

Craig Sparreboom tested positive to Letrozole (hormone and metabolic modulators) in-competition at the ANB Asia Pacific Titles held in Robina, QLD on 10 June 2012.

Mr Sparreboom was given a two-year ban by ANB for the presence and use of a prohibited substance. The athlete may return to competition on 1 February 2015.