Doping-New Zealand Olympic runner slapped with eight-year ban


(Reuters) – New Zealand middle- and long-distance runner Zane Robertson, who competed on the Rio and Tokyo Olympics, has been banned for eight years for doping and interfering with the testing course of, the Sports activities Tribunal of New Zealand mentioned on Wednesday.

The 33-year-old, a bronze medallist within the 5,000 metres on the 2014 Commonwealth Video games, acquired one four-year ban for testing optimistic for the banned substance erythropoietin (EPO) and one other for tampering with proof.Robertson examined optimistic for EPO, which stimulates purple blood cell manufacturing and enhances efficiency in endurance occasions, on the Manchester Nice Race in Could 2022.

“Mr Robertson elected to have his ‘B’ pattern examined and this confirmed the unique outcome. He subsequently accepted the presence of the prohibited substance however requested to be heard in relation to sanction,” STNZ mentioned in a media launch.

“Mr Robertson filed proof which was contested by Drug Free Sport New Zealand (DFSNZ), and which led to the allegation of tampering,” the discharge mentioned.

Robertson is banned from aggressive sport till September 2030, having been credited for time served beneath a provisional suspension put in place after his optimistic take a look at final 12 months.

(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, modifying by Gerry Doyle)

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