A HUGE blow for the Parramatta Eels on the eve of their massive finals clash, with star Michael Jennings suspended from action over a failed doping test.
The NRL released a statement a short time ago to confirm Jennings had been handed a provisional suspension under the Anti-Doping policy.
It is alleged Jennings returned a positive A-sample for LGD-4033 (Ligandrol) and its metabolite Di-hydroxy-LGD-4033, and also Ibutamoren and its metabolites Desbenzyl Ibutamoren and OH Ibutamoren after being tested by Sport Integrity Australia on September 21.
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The positive result was then received just yesterday.
“Each of those substances are prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the NRL’s Anti-Doping Policy,” the NRL’s statement read.
“Mr Jennings was tested by Sport Integrity Australia on 21 September 2020 with the positive result received by SIA on 9 October 2020.
“Mr Jennings is prohibited from participating in any WADA compliant sport, including rugby league, while the provisional suspension is in place.
The Parramatta Eels also released a statement, confirming Jennings has been immediately stood down.
“Michael Jennings has been stood down from today’s game and ongoing training/playing responsibilities while the process runs its course, which under the policy includes the opportunity to have his B-sample analysed,” the statement read.
“The Club has been in contact with Michael and will continue to offer him and his family our full wellbeing support.”
Parramatta are just hours away from playing the South Sydney Rabbitohs in a semi-final, with the winner to meet the Penrith Panthers next week.