Brisbane Broncos player James Segeyaro has been provisionally suspended after testing positive to di-hydroxy LGD-4033, which is the same banned substance Australian swimmer Shayna Jack also tested positive to.
The club confirmed the shock news in a statement overnight, revealing the Broncos hooker has been immediately stood down.
“The Brisbane Broncos were this evening informed by the NRL and Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority that player James Segeyaro has been provisionally suspended under the NRL’s Anti-Doping Policy,” the statement reads.
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“The Broncos have been working closely with the NRL since being alerted to the positive test early this evening.”
It’s understood Segeyaro was tested by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority on September 3.
“The Provisional Suspension Notice asserts that Mr Segeyaro returned a positive A-sample for di-hydroxy LGD-4033 which is prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the NRL’s Anti-Doping Policy. He was tested by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) on 3 September, 2019,” the NRL said.
“Mr Segeyaro is prohibited from participating in any WADA compliant sport, including rugby league, while the provisional suspension is in place.”
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Under due process through the Anti-Doping policy, Segeyaro now has the opportunity to have his B sample tested.
The Broncos say they’re still yet to speak with Segeyaro who is currently overseas on holiday, although the NRL confirmed they had spoken with Mr Segeyaro and advised him of support services.
“The NRL will not be making further comment while the ASADA investigation is underway.”