ST 2022_05 DFSNZ vs Taane Samuel

In February 2022 Drug Free Sport New Zealand (DFSNZ) has reported an anti-doping rule violation against the rugby player Sincere Harraway after his sample tested positive for the prohibited substance Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA).

DFSNZ accepted that the Athlete's consumption of MDMA occurred out-of-competition and in a context unrelated to sport performance. DFSNZ offered the Athlete a reduced sanction if he accepted to complete an approved substance of abuse treatment program.

After notification the Athlete admitted the violation, waived his right for a hearing, accepted a provisional suspension and to complete an approved substance of abuse treatment program. Hereafter he managed to participate in an approved treatment program.

The case was referred to the Sports Tribunal of New Zealand and a decision was rendered based on the written submissions of the parties.

Therefore the Tribunal decides on 16 September 2022 to impose a 1 month period of ineligibility on the Athlete under the condition that the Athlete completed an approved treatment program to the satisfaction of DFSNZ.

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16 September 2022
Davidson, Nicholas
Earl, Georgina
Hayward, Pippa
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