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Supplement Use leads to sports ban

10 Jul 2015

The Sports Tribunal of New Zealand has given Touch Player Quentin Gardiner a 15 month ban from sport following a positive test recorded at the Touch nationals in March.

Mr Gardiner’s use of two “pre-workout” supplements around the time of competition was the likely cause of his positive test for the stimulant Methylhexanamine. While this substance is now illegal in New Zealand it was previously used in a variety of supplements and may still be present in old stock.

“It is disappointing that athlete’s still do not get the message that ill considered use of supplements can lead to positive tests and put a halt to their careers” said Drug Free Sport NZ chief executive, Graeme Steel. “Pre workout or energy boost supplements will only work through the use of stimulants most of which are banned and they are potentially very dangerous” said Steel.

“DFSNZ urges athletes not to take risks by wasting money on supplements which provide no benefit” said Steel “Athletes can contact Drug Free Sport for advice on the risks associated with supplements.” 

You can read the full decision from the Sports Tribunal on Quentin Gardiner here.