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Re-sanction of periods of ineligibility for Touch Rugby player serving a lifetime ban

The Sports Tribunal has granted an application from Drug Free Sport NZ (DFSNZ) for New Zealand Touch Rugby Player William Morunga to be re-sanctioned on two substance of abuse anti-doping rule violations (ADVR) dating back to 2005 and 2006. DFSNZ submitted that the doctrine of Lex Mitior and Rule 19.3 allowed the Tribunal to reconsider the sanctions that were imposed and which cumulatively led to a lifetime ban administered by Queensland Rugby League Drug Judiciary Tribunal. After careful consideration and analysis of the SADR Rules, the Tribunal accepted DFSNZ’s submissions and re-sanctioned Mr Morunga. This will enable Mr Morunga to apply to Sport Integrity Australia to have his lifetime ban (imposed in 2010) to be lifted.

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