Rugby league player receives sanction

6 March 2020

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) acknowledges the decision of the UK Anti-Doping Limited (UKAD) to impose a two-year ban on athlete Gabriel Hamlin for the presence of a metabolite of a prohibited substance.

Mr Hamlin, an Australian rugby league player who competed for Wigan Warriors in the United Kingdom, returned an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) from an in-competition doping control test on 8 February 2019.

His sample was analysed at the World Anti-Doping Agency’s accredited laboratory, the Drug Control Centre in Kings College London, which detected the presence of Benzoylecgonine (a metabolite of Cocaine).

UKAD imposed a two-year ban on Mr Hamlin commencing on 8 February 2019.

Mr Hamlin is ineligible to participate in any sports that have adopted a World Anti-Doping Code compliant anti-doping policy until 8 February 2021. He is also not permitted to compete in a non-signatory professional league, or event organised by a non-signatory International or National level event organisation.

Additional information on the prohibited substance

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.

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.