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
â€¢ Attempted use of Growth Hormone
â€¢ Attempted Use of Chorionic Gonadotrophin
â€¢ 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.
â€œThe 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.
“Todayâ€™s decision of the Anti-Doping Tribunal demonstrates and furthers that effort.â€
Should Kennedy wish to appeal the decision, he has 21 days to do so to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.