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New Zealand cricketer faces two-year ban for violating anti-doping rules

Historically, drugs and sports have shared a very intriguing relationship. Although the two do not go hand in hand, many sportspersons frequently resort to illegal substances to gain an unfair advantage over their competitors. Over the last few years, a lot of sportsmen have got stripped of their precious medals and suffered severe penalties for using performance-enhancing drugs like anabolic steroids and hormones.

The recent ban on the New Zealand cricketer Adam King for the possession and use of banned substances has once again highlighted the widespread use of stimulants and strength-building substances among sports personalities. Just like other high profile sports, even cricket is getting engulfed by the menace of doping and use of illegal substances.

According to the reports, the sports tribunal of New Zealand has banned Adam King from all sports for two years for allegedly using anabolic steroids Nandrolone Decanoate and Testosterone Propionate, among others, on two occasions between 2014 and 2015. However, the commencement date of the ban was backdated to May 1, 2016, owing to some unforeseen delays in the proceedings and King’s wholehearted cooperation and prompt admission of the allegations made in November 2016.

Use of prohibited substances puts the health and career of sportspersons at great risk

Medsafe, which is a medicine and medical devices regulator, informed the Drug Free Sport NZ (DFSNZ) that King had placed an order online for two anabolic steroids nandrolone decanoate and testosterone propionate in 2014, and two hormones Tamoxifen (brand name Nolvadex) and Anastozole (brand name Arimidex) in 2015. The case was then heard in the Sports Tribunal. Meanwhile, King has admitted that he had ordered steroids on two occasions in August and October 2014, and used them between August and December 2014. He also confirmed that the hormones that were purchased in January 2015 were used between January and April/May 2015.

Apparently, the cricketer had resorted to using prohibited substances with a hope to look more lean and athletic. On the contrary, he became more robust and muscular, which gradually started affecting his alertness and flexibility, which are a prerequisite for a sport like cricket. Moreover, other weight-related problems such as tendonitis in the knees pulled down his cricketing career. With an increasing fear of developing gynecomastia (male breast enlargement) due to steroids, the cricketer opted to use hormones, which, he thought, would help him counter the side effects of steroids.

“Those who buy prohibited substances online are making a huge mistake, and as well as cheating, are putting their health and their sporting career at great risk,” said Graeme Steel, agency’s chief executive.

Elaborating on the stringent rules pertaining to the use of banned substances in the sports arena, Steel said, “Anyone who thinks they can possess or take prohibited substances and get away with it, should think again. No matter what level of sport, using steroids or any other prohibited substances simply does not fit with the New Zealand sense of what good clean sport is all about”.

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It is easy to fall a prey to dangerous substances but very difficult to come out of its grip. Seeking treatment at the right time helps control the situation and improve the quality of life. Studies have established that early-age consumption of drugs is detrimental to brain development.

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