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Touch New Zealand v William Morunga


Anti-doping – Touch player’s second violation with cannabis – mandatory 2 years’ ineligibility for second violation imposed – importance of athletes participating in proceedings – if defendant had not established substance not used for performance enhancing purposes he would have been banned for life for second violation – cross code effect of suspension – any ban imposed as a result of a doping infraction applies to all sports coming under WADA Code and not just the sport athlete was competing in when returned positive drug test – defendant also a promising rugby league player but suspension prevents him participating in that sport also – not appropriate case to backdate suspension.

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