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13th September 2015
Zane Hopman, a Muay Thai martial arts athlete, has become the 19th person to be sanctioned due to investigations into customers of the NZ Clenbuterol website, receiving a backdated two year ban from 25 September 2017. Interestingly, Hopman accepted the sanction for possession and use or attempted use of three prohibited substances bought from the website, despite arguing that he had not attempted to use them.
Drug Free Sport New Zealand (DFSNZ) filed proceedings against Hopman on 18 September 2018, alleging he had bought testosterone propionate, trenbolone acetate, and tamoxifen on 23 October 2014. At the time, Hopman was a member of the New Zealand Muay Thai Federation, and he is still active in martial arts.
Hopman admitted purchasing the substances, but argued that he had not used them. In a settlement agreement (PDF below), the parties agreed that there was not basis to reduce his sanction for no fault/significant fault or negligence. His backdated sanction was agreed because of his prompt admission, and because of delays in bringing forward the case against him.
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