Clenbuterol is an adrenergic agonist with some similarities to ephedrine, but its effects are more potent and longer-lasting as a stimulant and thermogenic drug. It causes an increase in aerobic capacity, central nervous system stimulation. It’s a banned substance full stop, and while it may be performance enhancing it is also used for asthma sufferers and other regular medicinal purposes.
With many major diet review websites talking about clenbuterol, and given its accessibility via the internet, the drug is widely used as a “dietary supplement”. In fact, nowadays it is recommended by many physical trainers as the primary solution for those bodybuilders who desire to achieve sufficiently low body fat in order to look “cut”. In many cases, it is introduced into the training regime not as an illegal drug, but simply as a weight loss aid. This reduces some of the negative connotations attached to illicit drug use and thereby decreases any hesitation to take the drug on the part of the trainee.
However, it is listed as a banned substance with the National Rugby League.
It seems Rugby League simply cannot avoid controversy at the moment, fresh from the Johns saga, the Cronulla club seems to be at the centre of things again today and if allegations prove true – then their year simply goes from bad to worse.
The tests on Maitua were apparently conducted several weeks ago during routine testing. The tests have (A Sample) have shown Clenbuterol, an anabolic agent used to improve muscle mass and reduce body fat and the NRL has stood Maitua down from duties at this stage.
Looking at the Cronulla side, could they suffer any worse luck? Ricky Stuart was already busting a gut to keep 13 regular players on the field after season ending injuries to Ben Ross and Brett Kearney, and in the early weeks major recruit Trent Barrett has also had injury problems.
Now Maitua, obviously a more senior player will be a huge loss to the Sharks who are desperately low on personnel.
All the while, the results becoming more important as the club battles for survival in their current economic crisis.
Given their circumstances, the Sharks are finding it hard to sign new players. Currently chasing Justin Poore for big dollars, you can understand players not wanted to join the club – most concerned about regular financial payments, but also the bad press and poor results the club has received this year.
Cronulla chief executive Tony Zappia will meet with Maituaâ€™s agent Sam Ayoub and legal representatives tonight before a press conference is held following this.