New Zealand cyclist Karl Murray has had his two-year ban for an anti-doping rule violation restarted, following an appeal by Drug Free Sport New Zealand to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Murray is taken for doping twice and has been coaching other under his ban.
Murray had been banned from all sport for two years by the New Caledonia Anti-Doping Commission in 2014, following a positive test for nandrolone and testosterone while competing in an event in 2013.
That ban was later recognised by the UCI, the world governing body for cycling, in March 2015, which enabled it to be recognised in New Zealand.
PROHIBITED ACTIVITY WHILE BANNED.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport [CAS] has found that while banned, Murray coached two young athletes, which is a prohibited activity.
His two-year ban from all sport restarted 15. December 2017, the date of the CAS decision.
The Sports Tribunal had found in favour of Murray when DFSNZ first brought the case in 2016, prompting its appeal to the CAS.
He is entitled to receive credit on the two-year ban for the time he was provisionally suspended prior to the original Sports Tribunal decision – some nine months.
Chief executive Nick Paterson said in a statement that DFSNZ had been “duty bound” to take action against Murray.
“No-one is above the rules and Mr Murray’s conduct has been particularly egregious given the involvement of young athletes.
“When an athlete or support person deliberately breaks the rules, we are duty bound to take action against them.”
“At the time Mr Murray’s initial ban was recognised, it was made very clear to him that coaching or training any cyclists who are bound to the NZ Sports Anti-Doping Rules would be in breach of his ban.
“We have spent a considerable amount of time and resources investigating this matter and it would have been impossible to prove without the cooperation and commitment of key witnesses who persisted through two disciplinary processes.”
SECOND ANTI-DOPING RULE VIOLATION.
In March 2017, Murray tested positive for clenbuterol, a prohibited substance, following the Tour of Northland, and in October 2016, the Sports Tribunal ruled that this was a second anti-doping rule violation.
Murray was not sanctioned for that offence at the time, after DFSNZ sought an adjournment until the CAS had ruled on its appeal concerning a potential breach of his earlier ban.
He is expected to be sanctioned in that matter early in the new year.
Source: CAS pressrelease and Stuff.co.nz