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13th September 2015
Drug-Free Sport New Zealand (DFSNZ) has banned a 19-year-old rugby union player for two years for possession of GHRP-6 (pictured), a peptide hormone designed to stimulate production of human growth hormone (HGH) in the body. ‘Drug Free Sport NZ took the case against the under-19 representative and Lincoln University rugby player after New Zealand Customs seized a package in October last year’, read a DFSNZ statement. ‘The package was addressed to Finn Hart-Strawbridge and contained a 5mg vial of the human growth hormone precursor GHRP-6’.
Hart-Strawbridge, who plays within the Canterbury Rugby Union, told the DFSNZ Judicial committee that he’s ordered the package over the internet after reading about a newspaper reporter who’d used the substance. DFSNZ said that members of the media have a responsibility to highlight the impact that performance-enhancing drugs can have on an athlete’s health and sporting career. Last week, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) warned that media coverage of doping can undermine its investigations into doping.
“Those considering doping should never think that drug testing is the only tool we have at our disposal”, said Drug Free Sport NZ CEO, Graeme Steel, in the DFSNZ statement. “We work closely with New Zealand Customs, Medsafe NZ and other enforcement agencies to detect the potential importation of performance enhancing drugs.” The full written decision can be accessed here.
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