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Drug Free Sport New Zealand v Thomas Cameron


Anti-doping – cannabis – recreational use at party – athlete admitted violation – Tribunal accepted corroborated evidence that cannabis use not intended to enhance sports performance – no mitigating factors – had received appropriate drug education and knew taking prohibited substance – his knowledge was aggravating factor – 2 months’ suspension appropriate (commencing from 30 March to take account of provisional suspension) – athlete was softball player – Tribunal considered whether suspension should be longer as NZ softball season now finished – however athlete had intended to now be playing softball overseas where season starting or started – 2 months’ suspension will prevent him playing overseas until 30 May 2009 and will be effective penalty – 2 months’ ineligibility imposed (commencing from 30 March 2009).

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