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Touch New Zealand v Matiu Soloman


Anti-doping – cannabis – recreational use – stated used cannabis on one occasion prior to the tournament to relieve stress caused by family circumstances and study – expressed remorse – Mene / Koro principles applied – aggravating circumstance justifying suspension in that defendant signed participation agreement with Touch NZ essentially agreeing not to use banned substances – Tribunal considered 2 months’ ineligibility would have been appropriate but there were strong mitigating factors justifying lesser period of suspension including stressful family circumstances and defendant at relatively young age assuming leadership role in family, apology and promise before Tribunal and wider wh?nau that would not transgress again, and willingness to act as ambassador for Touch – one month’s ineligibility imposed.

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