Two-time Olympian and New Zealand’s marathon document holder Zane Robertson has been suspended by the NZ Sports activities Tribunal for eight years for a number of anti-doping rule violations. He examined constructive for EPO in the course of the Nice Manchester Run in Might 2022, which was later confirmed after B-sample testing.
Robertson breached the principles for the presence and use or tried use of the prohibited substance erythropoietin (EPO), and for tampering, or tried tampering, with any a part of the doping management course of.
The 33-year-old claimed he was injected with EPO with out his information when he went to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine in Kenya.
His try to submit fraudulent paperwork to defend himself then led to him going through one other cost. He submitted hospital notes to again up his declare, however Drug-Free Sport New Zealand (DFSNZ) discovered the story to be false.
In an announcement, the Sports activities Tribunal of New Zealand stated Robertson was provisionally suspended with out opposition for the primary two anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs) on Sept. 20 final 12 months.
Robertson holds six nationwide distance working data, together with the half and full marathon. He additionally gained a bronze medal within the males’s 5,000m on the 2014 Commonwealth Video games in Glasgow. Final month, earlier than his suspension was revealed, he introduced his retirement from skilled working on his Instagram:
“Typically I put up right here, generally I don’t. The final 3 years haven’t been nice for me on and off the monitor/roads. Lots of people/firms concerned in nearly made me lose curiosity within the sport fully. Numerous issues occurring outdoors the game additionally, and folks generally overlook that we’re people earlier than we’re athletes! I’m having fun with working for what it’s, enjoyable, enjoyment, health, runners excessive.” – @zane_robertson_nzl
New Zealand Olympic Committee chief govt Nicki Nicol launched an announcement following the ban. “The offences dedicated by Zane Robertson are deeply disappointing, and his actions go in opposition to all the pieces the New Zealand workforce stands for,” stated Nicol. “Each athlete has the correct to compete on a good enjoying discipline and Robertson’s actions have undermined the integrity of sport.”
Robertson moved to Kenya with his twin brother Jake after they had been 17, to attempt to make it as distance runners. Zane ran nationwide data of 27:28 for 10 km, 27:33.67 for 10,000m, 59:47 for the half-marathon and a couple of:08:19 for the marathon. He completed twelfth within the 10,000m in Rio and thirty sixth within the 2020 Tokyo Olympic marathon, in 2:17:04.
Robertson can not compete once more till September 2030.