Rugby league athlete receives sanction

21 January 2019

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) today acknowledged the decision of the Queensland Rugby League Anti-Doping Tribunal to impose a two year ban on athlete Nemani Valekapa for the presence of a prohibited substance.

Mr Valekapa returned an Adverse Analytical Finding from an In-Competition Doping Control Test on 20 May 2017 following a Queensland Rugby League Intrust Super Cup Competition game against the PNG Hunters.

His sample was analysed at the Australian Sports Drug Testing Laboratory, part of the National Measurement Institute, which detected the presence of 1,3-Dimethylbutylamine, an S6 stimulant on the Prohibited List and is banned in-competition.

1,3-Dimethylbutylamine increases the heart rate, blood pressure and risk of a stroke.

Mr Valekapa is ineligible to participate in any sports that have adopted a World Anti-Doping Code compliant anti-doping policy until 11 August 2019. He is also not permitted to compete in a non-Signatory professional league or Event organised by a non-Signatory event organisation.

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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