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Jesse Ryder banned for doping violation

Updated: Tuesday, 20 Aug 2013 07:46 | Comments

Jesse Ryder has received a six-month ban from cricket
Jesse Ryder has received a six-month ban from cricket

New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder has been suspended for six months following an anti-doping violation.

The controversial batsman has not competed professionally since an assault which put him in intensive care in March, while he has not represented the Black Caps in any form of the game for over 18 months.

"The Sports Tribunal has suspended cricketer Jesse Ryder for 6 months for an anti-doping violation," said a statement on the Sports Tribunal of New Zealand's official website.

"Mr Ryder admitted the violation and stated he had been using a dietary supplement in order to lose weight" - Jesse Ryder

In a statement, the Sports Tribunal said Ryder had tested positive for two banned stimulants, 1-Phenylbutan-2-amine (PBA) and N, alphadiethyl-benzeneethanamine (DEBEA), when he was tested at Ford Trophy Wellington Firebirds game against Northern Knights on 24 March 2013.

Ryder was handed a provisional suspension on 19 April, with the hearing not taking place until 9 August.

The Sports Tribunal statement added that Ryder had escaped a longer ban after admitting the offence and demonstrating the violation was as a result of efforts to battle weight problems rather than enhance his performance.

"The mandatory penalty for this violation is two years' suspension," the statement said. "However the suspension can be less if the athlete establishes how the prohibited substances got in his system and that the taking of the prohibited substance was not intended to enhance his sport performance.

"Mr Ryder admitted the violation and stated he had been using a dietary supplement in order to lose weight and had taken two capsules five days before being tested. The supplement didn't list any prohibited substances on its label."

While noting that Ryder carried out independent research on the product to determine whether it contained banned substances, the Sports Tribunal said he remained culpable as he did not contact Drug Free Sport to check the product despite a warning on its label that it may contain traces of other substances.

"The failure to contact Drug Free Sport, having seen the warning on the label, is the most substantial factor of fault on the part of Mr Ryder," the statement said.

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