Rugby League player receives sanction

4 May 2020

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) today acknowledged the decision of the Queensland Rugby League (QRL) to sanction athlete Cade Maloney for the presence and use of a prohibited substance.

Mr Maloney returned an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) from an out-of-competition doping control test on 15 August 2019.

His sample was analysed at the Australian Sports Drug Testing Laboratory, part of the National Measurement Institute, which detected the presence of Higenamine.

The QRL imposed a two-year ban on Mr Maloney commencing on 17 September 2019.

Mr Maloney is ineligible to participate in any sports that have adopted a World Anti-Doping Code compliant anti-doping policy until 17 September 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

Higenamine is a S3 class Beta-2 Agonist (these types of substances allow the lungs to take in more oxygen) and is prohibited in and out-of-competition. However, as a cardiotonic, Higenamine can increase heart rate, putting an athlete at an increased risk of arrhythmias and even death.

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.