Nine Aussie sports stars caught in drugs scandal


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Aug 12, 2001
Nine Aussie sports stars caught in drugs scandal Australian athletes face two-year bans after testing positive to the same illegal drug in the biggest doping scandal to hit Australian sport. Authorities last night would not rule out Commonwealth Games athletes as being among those who returned positive tests, but refused to release names following an anti-doping blitz of the nation's professional sporting bodies. It is believed NRL and AFL players may have also been among those who tested positive in what could become Australia's biggest doping scandal. Read more: Information about Methylhexanamine In 2009, the World Anti-Doping Agency added methylhexanamine to the 2010 prohibited list. Methylhexanamine was implicated as a stimulant used by five Jamaican athletes in 2009. JADCO, the Jamaican anti-doping panel, was initially unable to determine whether it was prohibited by the rules, but subsequently decided to impose sanctions on some of the affected athletes on the grounds that the drug was similar in structure to the banned substance tuaminoheptane. During the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Nigerian athlete Damola Osayemi was stripped of her gold medal in the 100m after methylhexanamine was detected during drug testing. Subsequently, another Nigerian athlete, Samuel Okon, who finished sixth in the 110m hurdles, also tested positive for the drug. In October 2010, two Portuguese cyclists - Rui Costa and his brother Mario - tested positive for the substance. The samples were taken during the Portuguese National Championships at the end of June.

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