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Drug Free Sport New Zealand v Duane Wineti


Anti-doping – rugby league player tested positive for D-methamphetamine, D-amphetamine and cannabis after playing in premiership final – admitted using cannabis in social situation but unable to explain how methamphetamine and amphetamine came to be in his system and denied knowing use – athlete speculated positive test may have resulted from passive inhalation but gave no further evidence – 2 years’ suspension mandatory for methamphetamine and amphetamine violations unless athlete can establish no fault or negligence or no significant fault or negligence – to do this, athlete first must establish how prohibited substances entered their system and athlete’s speculation here not sufficient – comments on Tribunal’s approach to sanctions for cannabis violations – 2 years’ ineligibility imposed for methamphetamine and amphetamine violations- concurrent 2 months’ ineligibility imposed for cannabis violation.

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