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13th September 2015
The Sports Tribunal of New Zealand (STNZ) has sanctioned amateur rugby league player Michael ‘Greg’ Strickland with a two year ban from 27 May 2017 for purchasing clenbuterol from the NZ Clenbuterol internet site in 2015. ‘This is the Tribunal’s fifth case and there are expected to be many more similar cases arising from Medsafe’s investigation into an online steroid supplier called NZ Clenbuterol, which passed data to Drug Free Sport New Zealand (DFSNZ) relating to athletes who had purchased prohibited drugs online’, read a STNZ statement. ‘Mr Strickland promptly admitted purchasing the product to aid weight loss but said he did not use it. He was unaware it was prohibited. Mr Strickland was provisionally suspended without opposition on 27 March 2018.’
Strickland will become the 12th athlete to be sanctioned for purchasing prohibited substances from NZ Clenbuterol (see table on right), and the eighth rugby player. DFSNZ began sanctioning athletes in December last year, after being passed details about purchasers from the website by Medsafe, the New Zealand Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority, which began investigating the site in 2015.
DFSNZ reviewed the names provided by Medsafe in 2016, and found 107 athletes who were registered as members of New Zealand sport organisations. Josh Townshend – the owner of the Clenbuterol NZ website – was jailed for two years after admitting to 129 breaches of New Zealand’s Medicines Act 1981, including possession, advertising and sale of anabolic steroids, clenbuterol, and related medicines.
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