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    03 June 2023

    Zane Robertson Receives an Eight-Year Ban for Doping Offenses in New Zealand Athletics.

    Marathon Runner Zane Robertson Receives 8-Year Ban After Failed Drug Test

    New Zealand Olympic distance runner, Zane Robertson, has been banned from competitive sports for eight years after failing a drug test and tampering with the doping control process. The ban was announced on Wednesday by the Sports Tribunal of New Zealand. Robertson, who holds records in marathon, half marathon, and road 10km races in New Zealand tested positive for erythropoietin (EPO), a hormone that boosts endurance by increasing oxygen delivery to muscles.

    He failed the drug test during a race held in Manchester, England last year. The sports tribunal handed down two four-year bans to Robertson – one for testing positive for EPO and another because he tried to subvert the doping control process. The tribunal concluded that he had submitted falsified medical documents claiming treatment with COVID-19 vaccines which actually included EPO administration.

    Although attorneys representing Robertson argued that Kenyan doctors administered him EPO while treating his COVID-19 symptoms at a medical facility there; they could not provide convincing evidence supporting these allegations. Nick Paterson CEO of DFSNZ said “Doping denies clean athletes the chance to excel on a level playing field,” adding “Mr. Robertson’s actions are not just deeply disappointing but undermine sporting integrity.” Despite having twice competed at Olympics Games – Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 plus winning bronze medal Glasgow Commonwealth games in 2014; following this verdict he is ineligible to compete professionally or otherwise until August 2033.

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