Media statement: Powerlifter receives sanction - Brendan Hunt

21 March 2018

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) today acknowledged the decision of Powerlifting Australia to impose a two year ban on athlete Brendan Hunt for the presence and use of two prohibited substances.


ASADA collected a urine sample from Mr Hunt on 21 May 2017 at the Powerlifting Obsidian Strength Showdown III in Victoria.


His sample tested positive for 1,3-dimethylbutylamine (DMBA) and Higenamine, two ingredients commonly found in supplements.


1,3-dimethylbutylamine is a stimulant banned under class S6.b of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) 2017 Prohibited List and is prohibited in-competition only. Higenamine is banned at all times under class S3 (Beta-2 agonists) of the 2017 Prohibited List.


ASADA’s longstanding advice is that athletes can never be 100% certain that any supplement is free from prohibited substances. Supplement companies are not required to prove that their products are safe, effective or even accurately labelled.


ASADA has issued a number of warnings about Higenamine and DMBA, including advice that up to one in five Australian supplements contain prohibited substances, often not listed on labels.


To reduce their risk of testing positive, ASADA recommends athletes consider not taking supplements at all, or if required, that they choose low-risk products which have been batch tested by an independent auditing company. Further information is available on the ASADA website:


Mr Hunt was deemed to have waived his right to a hearing and accepted the sanction on 8 December 2017. As a result, he is ineligible to participate, as an athlete or support person, in any sports that have adopted a World Anti-Doping Code compliant anti-doping policy until 8 December 2019.