Second club cricketer gets drug ban

A second Dunedin club cricketer has been suspended for two years after buying a prohibited substance online.

The ban was handed down to former Carisbrook-Dunedin medium pace seamer Harrisyn Jones by the Sports Tribunal of New Zealand.

It is the tribunal's seventh case relating to Medsafe's investigation into NZ Clenbuterol - an online steroid supplier.

Jones admitted to buying a 10ml spray of clenbuterol in February 2015 from the NZ Clenbuterol website.

Clenbuterol is an anabolic agent. Attempting to use it carries a four-year ban but can be reduced to two years if the violation was not intentional.

Jones, who is in his mid 20s, told the tribunal he purchased the product because he was recovering from an injury and wanted to lose weight and strengthen his core. He is believed to be living in Australia.

He was not aware clenbuterol was prohibited. When he received the package he thought it looked suspicious, so he did some further research and decided not to use it.

The tribunal accepted the violation was not intentional. The suspension was reduced to two years and backdated to May 24, 2017.

Jones is the second player from the Carisbrook-Dunedin club to be caught out in the Medsafe investigation.

In December, left-armer Chris Ware was suspended for two years for a similar anti-doping violation.

Earlier that month, Queenstown ice hockey-playing brothers Lachlan and Mitchell Frear were also banned for two years for attempting to buy clenbuterol.

The tribunal has previously commented it was easier for amateur athletes to argue they had no intention of breaking anti-doping rules because they did not receive the same level of education as elite athletes.

Otago Cricket Association operations manager Tim O'Sullivan said the incident highlighted the need for greater education at that level.

''The guys on the high performance pathway get education around it so we might just need to extend that education to club level,'' O'Sullivan said.

''That way the players involved will get the same information.''

NZ Clenbuterol's owner, Joshua Townshend, was sentenced to two years' jail in May last year after pleading guilty to 129 offences under the Medicines Act 1981.

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