8th August 2019

Rugby union athlete receives sanction

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) today acknowledged the decision of Rugby Australia to impose a two-year ban on athlete Alex Hatzis for the presence of a prohibited substance. Mr Hatzis returned an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) from an in-competition doping control test on 14 July 2018.

His sample was analysed at the Australian Sports Drug Testing Laboratory, part of the National Measurement Institute, which detected the presence of Benzoylecgonine (a metabolite of Cocaine). Cocaine is classed as an S6 stimulant on the Prohibited List and is prohibited in-competition.

Generally, cocaine produces an intense ‘rush’ with users feeling a sense of euphoria, alertness, arousal, and increased confidence. Many users find the drug addictive and may face a number of short and long term health problems including an irregular heartbeat, chest pain, kidney failure, and seizures or stroke.

Rugby Australia imposed a two-year ban on Mr Hatzis commencing on 18 September 2018. Mr Hatzis is ineligible to participate in any sports that have adopted a World Anti-Doping Code compliant anti-doping policy until 18 September 2020.

• This media release was published by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) on 8 August 2019. Click here for the original.

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