Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Runner banned for four years for importing EPO

Brendon Keenan, a 44-year-old masters distance runner from Rotorua, has been banned from all sport for four years for possessing and attempting to use Erythropoietin (EPO), a substance prohibited in sport at all times.

Mr Keenan admitted that he had ordered and paid for EPO online from an overseas website and submitted this was to address a medical condition. The package containing the EPO was intercepted by the NZ Customs Service and referred to Medsafe. After conducting enquiries, Medsafe advised Drug Free Sport New Zealand (DFSNZ).

Drug Free Sport New Zealand Chief Executive, Nick Paterson, said “Unfortunately, once more the integrity of sport is called into question.

We work closely with Athletics NZ to educate and support their members in meeting their anti-doping responsibilities. EPO is well known for its performance enhancing effects, especially amongst endurance athletes. At the minimum, Mr Keenan knew that this purchase presented a significant risk of an anti-doping violation”.

In this particular case, I would also like to recognise the vigilance and hard work of our border agencies in intercepting this and other prohibited substances coming into the country, which is no small feat considering the millions of packages coming into New Zealand every day.”

In expressing his disappointment, Athletics NZ CEO Hamish Grey said that Athletics NZ supports the sanctions imposed by the Sports Tribunal of New Zealand.

“Athletics New Zealand is saddened that one of its individual members has committed a doping infringement,” said Grey.

“Drug Free Sport plays a very important role in maintaining the integrity of sport and we support their mandate and work to implement the Sports Anti-Doping Rules (SADR) to keep sport clean.”

“Although Brendan Keenan is not an elite athlete and competes in masters competition, we need to send a clear message that the use of performance enhancing drugs will not be tolerated in athletics at any level,” added Grey.

Keenan’s four years ineligibility is back-dated to the time of his violation in September 2017, meaning he will be disqualified from his second-place finish in the 40-44 age grade at the New Zealand Marathon championships in Rotorua in May this year.

He will also forfeit the three medals he won at the New Zealand Masters Athletics Championships in Whangarei earlier this year.

His membership of Athletics New Zealand and Lake City Athletic Club is suspended immediately until his ban ends in September 2021.

To read the Sports Tribunal of New Zealand decision, please click here.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why The Dice Are Loaded Against Women In Public Life

If they enter public life, women can expect a type of intense (and contradictory) scrutiny that is rarely applied to their male counterparts. If they are relatively young and conventionally attractive, such women will tend to be written off as lightweights – yet if they’re older and obviously competent, doubts will then tend to be raised about their “electability” and whether they are “warm” and “likeable” enough to connect with voters. Too conventionally feminine or not conventionally feminine enough? Too cold and too cerebral, or too warm and flighty to be seriously considered for high public office? For women in the public spotlight, the Goldilocks moments (when things are just right) are few and far between. More>>


PGF Kaikōura $10.88M: Boost In Tourism & Business

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10.88 million to boost business and tourism opportunities in Kaikōura, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. More>>


Whitebaiting: Govt Plans To Protect Announced

With several native whitebait species in decline the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage has today released proposals to standardise and improve management of whitebait across New Zealand. More>>


Education: Resource For Schools On Climate Change

New resource for schools to increase awareness and understanding of climate change... More>>


In Effect April: New Regulations For Local Medicinal Cannabis

Minister of Health Dr David Clark says new regulations will allow local cultivation and manufacture of medicinal cannabis products that will potentially help ease the pain of thousands of people. More>>


RNZ: New Year Honours: Sporting Greats Among Knights And Dames

Six new knights and dames, including Silver Ferns coach Dame Noeline Taurua and economist Professor Dame Marilyn Waring, have been created in today's New Year's Honours List. The list of 180 recipients - 91 women and 89 men - leans heavily on awards for community service, arts and the media, health and sport.


Gordon Campbell: On What An Inquiry Might Look Like

Presumably, if there is to be a ministerial inquiry (at the very least) into the Whakaari/White Island disaster, it will need to be a joint ministerial inquiry. That’s because the relevant areas of responsibility seem to be so deeply interwoven... More>>






InfoPages News Channels