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ASADA health warning as six players banned

Athletes have been warned of health risks posed by a banned stimulant which has led to two-year bans for six lower grade Queensland rugby league players.
ASADA health warning as six players banned
by AAP

By Wayne Heming

BRISBANE, May 20 AAP - Athletes have been warned of health risks posed by a banned stimulant which has led to two-year bans for six lower grade Queensland rugby league players.

The players all tested positive in August or September last year to methylhexaneamine, a stimulant banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Four of the players - Matthew Lennon and Matthew Tailford (Sandgate Brighton Gaters) and Johnathon Matters and Jarrod Knox (Aspley) - all gave positive tests after playing in the QRL Brisbane second division grand final at Langlands Park on September 8.

The others were Andrew Zaro (Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles, tested on Aug 26) and Benjamin Morgan (James Cook University Saints, tested on Sept 16)

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) warned the stimulant, found in some supplements, posed health risks which people may not be aware of.

Methylhexaneamine - also called DMAA, dimethylamylamine or 1,3-dimethylpentylamine - has been listed on the Therapeutic Goods Administration's Poisons Standard since August 1, 2012.

"The purpose of this was to prohibit the sale, supply or use of this substance because of its known potential harm to human health," said ASADA.

ASADA's website warned that since 2010 athletes had been banned from using the following methylhexaneamine-containing supplements - Jack3d, White Lightning, Hemo Rage, OxyELITE Pro and Thermo Jet.

"ASADA encourages any athlete who may still have products containing methylhexaneamine purchased prior to 1 August 2012, to dispose of these accordingly."




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