More doping results to rock bodybuilding fraternity
THE Townsville Bodybuilding community expects a shake-up of the sport is imminent with drug-testing results from last year’s competition soon to be released.
For the first time ever, the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority made a surprise stop-over for the North Queensland natural bodybuilding and figure championship in October, 2010.
Bodybuilding sources believe the visit coincided with rampant rumours of drug use in the local sport.
Eight men and women were selected randomly but, six months on, the antidoping agency still cannot release the results due to legislative restrictions.
But yesterday, one tested competitor had his positive results revealed in court after he pleaded guilty to three drug charges.
Hamish Chris Thomasson will now never be able to enter another natural bodybuilding event under rules enforced by the sport’s regulating body Australian Natural Bodybuilders.
‘‘ The procedure is if you test positive to using drugs you’re banned for life – no exceptions,’’ said competition promoter Rhonda Barnes.
It is uncertain if Thomasson’s partner, Tiffany Fleming Deligny, who pleaded guilty to one drug charge, was tested but she, too, could face being black-listed.
Ms Barnes said Ms Deligny, also a natural bodybuilding competitor, would most likely have to hand her second-place trophy back and vacate her trainee seat at the judging table due to her court appearance.
Tony Tsompanellis, a high-profile bodybuilding trainer in Townsville, said he was not surprised to see two competitors already face a possible ban and said it was a ‘‘ wake-up’’ call to others.
‘‘ ASADA is here to stay in Townsville and they will now just turn up and start testing ... so people will never know if they will be there or not,’’ he said.
The Northern Region Drug Squad, which is involved with the crackdown on the bodybuilding community, said it is continuing to work with the antidoping agency in order to target drug cheats.
‘‘ Steroid use has become more prevalent and accepted in the sport but these people are cheating themselves in the end,’’ said acting officer-in-charge, Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Brad Phelps.