Media statement: Queensland regional rugby league player Josh Earl receives two-year sports ban

7 March 2012
The decision by the Queensland Rugby League’s (QRL) Anti-Doping Tribunal to impose a two-year ban on regional rugby league player Josh Earl for refusing to submit to in-competition testing was today acknowledged by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA).
 
On 11 September 2011, Mr Earl refused to submit to sample collection after receiving official notification at the QRL Northern Division Grand Final between Moranbah Miners and Southern Suburbs.
 
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 Earl’s two-year ban means he will be ineligible to participate as an athlete or support person in sport until 23 February 2014.
 
Under the World Anti-Doping Code’s mutual recognition obligations, an anti-doping rule violation involving an athlete or support person applies across all other sports that have adopted a World Anti-Doping Agency compliant anti-doping policy.
 
Any athletes unaware of their responsibilities are encouraged to seek additional information online at ASADA’s website