Former NRL player banned under league’s anti-doping policy

Martin Kennedy

In a further blow for the NRL on top of recent incidents, the powers that be have acted and have swiftly banned former player Martin Kennedy under the NRL’s anti-doping policy.

Kennedy, who faced the anti-doping tribunal, was found guilty of the following violations:

Attempted use of SARMS S22

• Attempted use of Growth Hormone

• Attempted Use of Chorionic Gonadotrophin

• Attempted Use of Insulin

The minimum sanction for Kennedy stands at 2 years and nine months but is backdated – dating back to March 15 2015 – with the suspension to end in December of 2017.

With the NRL committed to maintaining a drug-free sport, the NRL’s Head of Integrity Nick Weeks made it clear that they will not tolerate the usage of drugs.

“The NRL remains committed to eliminating performance enhancing drugs in our game,” Mr Weeks said.

“Drug free sport is essential in ensuring a fair competition and a safe working environment for our players, and we will continue to take the necessary steps to achieve this.

“Today’s decision of the Anti-Doping Tribunal demonstrates and furthers that effort.”

Should Kennedy wish to appeal the decision, he has 21 days to do so to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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