Nine new stimulant doping cases in Australia


SYDNEY: The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority says nine Australian athletes have tested positive to methylhexaneamine, a banned stimulant that it warns may be contained in some nutritional supplements.

ASADA said Saturday that the athletes will not be identified until further investigations are held. Media reports Saturday said some of the athletes were several competitors from the Commonwealth Games, as well as rugby league and Australian Rules football players.

At the recently concluded Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, two Nigerian runners tested positive for methylhexaneamine. Osayomi Oludamola was stripped of a gold medal in the women's 100 meters and Samuel Okon, who was sixth in the final of the men's 110-meter hurdles, was also disqualified.

ASADA chief executive officer Aurora Andruska said the spike in positive test results for the stimulant was a "timely reminder" to all athletes to use caution in checking the contents of supplements and other products they choose to use.

"ASADA wants to get the warning out to the Australian sporting community to be on the lookout for any supplement or product containing methylhexaneamine." she said. "Methylhexaneamine is appearing more and more in doping test results and has been linked to a number of popular supplements.

"Australian athletes must be very careful when using any supplement because, under the World Anti-Doping Code's policy of strict liability, athletes are responsible for any substance found in their body."

ASADA said methylhexaneamine, also referred to as dimethylamylamine and dimethylpentylamine, is classed as an S6 stimulant on the WADA's prohibited list and is banned in competition. Suspensions involving the substance can range up to two years.

Andruska said it wasn't the first warning ASADA has issued to athletes, but confirmed that nine positive tests was a concerning number.

"It's an unusual spike that we've seen just over this recent time, however what we're trying to do is get on the front foot here and let our athletes know to be very careful in taking these supplements," she said. - AP

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