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 Cannabis.
After notification a provisional suspension was ordered. DFSNZ offered the Athlete a reduced sanction if he accepted to complete an approved substance of abuse treatment program.
The Athlete gave a prompt admission and accepted to complete an approved treatment program. Because he had moved to Australia he was unable to find such a program. Following his return to New Zealand in March 2022 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 14 April 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.