Rugby league player receives sanction 18 May

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) acknowledges the decision of the Queensland Rugby League (QRL) to impose a two-year ban on athlete Jordan Kenworthy for the presence of a metabolite of a prohibited substance.

Mr Kenworthy, who competed for Mackay Cutters in the QRL, returned an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) from an in-competition doping control test on 31 August 2019.

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).

Mr Kenworthy is ineligible to participate in any sports that have adopted a World Anti-Doping Code compliant anti-doping policy until 21 October 2021. He is also not permitted to compete in a non-signatory professional league, or event organised by a non-signatory International or National level event organisation.

Additional information on the prohibited substance

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.

ASADA is committed to protecting the right of clean athletes to fair competition. If you are aware of any suspicious doping activity, you can report it anonymously via the ASADA website: www.asada.gov.au/report-doping

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