7th August 2019

Powerlifting athlete receives sanction

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) today acknowledged the decision of Powerlifting Australia (PA) to impose a two-year ban on athlete Lauren Simpson for the presence and use of a prohibited substance. Ms Simpson returned an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) from an out-of-competition doping control test on 13 July 2018.

Her sample was analysed at the Australian Sports Drug Testing Laboratory, part of the National Measurement Institute, which detected the presence of Higenamine. It was determined that on or before 13 July 2018, Ms Simpson used a Prohibited Substance, namely Higenamine.

Higenamine is a S3 class Beta-2 Agonist (these types of substances allow the lungs to take in more oxygen) and is prohibited in- and out-of-competition. However, as a cardiotonic, higenamine can increase heart rate, putting an athlete at an increased risk of arrhythmias and even death. Ms Simpson is ineligible to participate in any sports that have adopted a World Anti-Doping Code compliant anti-doping policy until 19 September 2020.

• This media release was published by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) on 7 August 2019. Click here for the original.

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