International Rugby
Namibian duo banned for anti-doping offences
ESPN Staff
December 11, 2013

Namibia players Malcolm Moore and Carel Swanpoel have been hit with six-month suspensions for anti-doping offences.

The duo underwent tests on June 15, 2013, following their match against Tunisia in Senegal and both samples contained methylhexaneamine (MHA), a substance banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

The IRB announced "the players accepted that they had committed anti-doping rule violations". The duo had been provisionally banned since July 19 and will be out until January 18, 2014.

"The IRB operates a zero-tolerance policy on doping," a spokesperson for the IRB said. "Players are solely responsible for any prohibited substance found in their body. This decision sends a clear message to all players on the risks of taking a banned substance."

A full written judgement of the case can be read here.

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