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Rugby league player suspended for seven months for anti-doping rule violation

26 Feb 2019

The Sports Tribunal has suspended rugby league player Samuel Henry for seven months after testing positive for cannabis. Mr Henry’s suspension is backdated to 10 November 2018. 

“We know that cannabis is not generally performance-enhancing, but nonetheless it remains on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Prohibited List under the sports anti-doping rules. If you are an athlete, the best way to avoid a positive test is not to use cannabis,” said Drug Free Sport New Zealand’s Director of Testing and Investigations Jude Ellis. 

“Our internal research, external advice and wider consultation with the medical and sporting community in New Zealand is that there is no evidence that cannabis is performance-enhancing, and we have been consistent in our annual submissions to WADA asking for cannabis to be removed from the Prohibited List.  However while it remains prohibited in sport, we are required under the current rules to proceed with a case where a positive test for cannabis is received” Ms Ellis said.


Jude Ellis

Director of Testing and Investigations



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