Media statement: Two-year sporting ban for surf lifesaving Competitor
The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) today acknowledged the decision of Surf Lifesaving Australia (SLSA) to impose a two-year sporting ban on competitor Fraser Haughton for the presence and use of methylhexaneamine.
This prohibited substance was detected in a sample ASADA collected in-competition from Mr Haughton at the 2012 National Surf Life Saving Titles held at Kirra, Gold Coast on 31 March 2012.
The ban imposed on Mr Haughton means he is ineligible to participate as an athlete or support person, in any sport that has adopted a World Anti-Doping Agency compliant anti-doping policy until 12 July 2014.
Methylhexaneamine, also referred to as dimethylamylamine and dimethylpentylamine, is classed as an S6 stimulant on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited List and is prohibited in-competition.
Generally, stimulants act directly on the central nervous system to speed up parts of the brain and body. They can increase alertness and reduce fatigue in athletes.
As of 1 August 2012 the Therapeutic Goods Administration also included methylhexaneamine in Appendix C of the Poisons Standard. The purpose of this was to prohibit the sale, supply or use of this substance because of its known potential harm to human health.
ASADA encourages any athlete who may still have products containing methylhexaneamine purchased prior to 1 August 2012, to dispose of these accordingly. Since 2010, ASADA has managed a number of positive tests from Australian athletes resulting from the use of supplements containing methylhexaneamine. Based on information provided by these athletes, the positive test resulted from the athlete using one of the following supplements:
• OxyELITE Pro
• White Lightning
• Thermo Jet
• Hemo Rage.
Any athletes unaware of their responsibilities are encouraged to seek additional information online at ASADA’s website www.asada.gov.au