Rugby league athlete receives sanction

20 June 2019

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) today acknowledged the decision of Country Rugby League (CRL) to impose a two-year ban on athlete Ian Catania for the presence of a prohibited substance.

Mr Catania returned an Adverse Analytical Finding from an in-competition doping control test on 11 August 2018.

His sample was analysed at the Australian Sports Drug Testing Laboratory, part of the National Measurement Institute, which detected the presence of Benzoylecgonine (a metabolite of Cocaine).

Cocaine is classed as an S6 stimulant on the Prohibited List and is prohibited in-competition. 

Generally, cocaine produces an intense ‘rush’ with users feeling a sense of euphoria, alertness, arousal, and increased confidence. Many users find the drug addictive and may face a number of short and long term health problems including an irregular heartbeat, chest pain, kidney failure, and seizures or stroke.

Country Rugby League imposed a two-year ban on Mr Catania commencing on 27 August 2018.

Mr Catania is ineligible to participate in any sports that have adopted a World Anti-Doping Code compliant anti-doping policy until 27 August 2020.

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: 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.