Rugby league athlete receives sanction

15 April 2019

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) today acknowledged the decision of the Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) Anti-Doping Tribunal to impose a two-year ban on athlete Kieran Tarrant for the use and possession of prohibited substances.

Mr Tarrant breached the sport’s anti-doping policy for the use and possession of Prohibited Substances, Clomifene citrate and Anastrozole.

Under category S4 of the World Anti-Doping Code Prohibited List 2014, Clomifene citrate and Anastrozole are prohibited both in- and out-of-competition.

Similar to other substances with anabolic properties that lead to increased muscle mass, clomiphene, an anti-estrogenic substance, is associated with a number of potential and serious side effects, including increased risk of negative cardiovascular events, liver damage, and gastrointestinal discomfort.

Anastrozole, an aromatase inhibitor and a treatment for breast cancer, can cause a loss of strength and energy, joint pain, hot flushes, headaches, and nausea.

The ARLC Anti-Doping Tribunal imposed a two-year ban on Mr Tarrant commencing on 30 July 2017.

Mr Tarrant is ineligible to participate in any sports that have adopted a World Anti-Doping Code compliant anti-doping policy until 30 July 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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