More dop­ing re­sults to rock body­build­ing fra­ter­nity

Townsville Bulletin - - News - Roanne John­son

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.

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