When Shane Warne Was Barred for 12 Months for Taking Banned Drug

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In 2003, Just a day before World Cup Shane Warne was handed over suspension for a year, he tested positive for banned drug diuretics.

When Shane Warne Was Barred for 12 Months for Taking Banned Drug
When Shane Warne Was Barred for 12 Months for Taking Banned Drug

In 2003, Just a day before World Cup Shane Warne was handed over suspension for a year, he tested positive for banned drug diuretics.

After Queensland judge Glen Williams QC stated the three-man panel had found him guilty of violating the ACB’s narcotics policy, the then-33-year-old came out shouting in dismal.

After getting a year of suspension for allegedly taking banned medication, Warne had said that the Australian Cricket Board’s drugs court has bowed to ‘anti-doping hysteria’, according to the Independent,

The judgment was a severe blow for the leg-spinner, who had argued from the start that the fluid pill he received from his mother was just for the purpose of making him look good in front of the television cameras.


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The tribunal determined that his defence did not meet the definition of “exceptional circumstances,” which would have allowed dismissing the accusation under ACB regulation, and so found him involved in breach.

“I would like to say that I am absolutely devastated and very disappointed by the committee’s decision to ban me for a year, and I intend to appeal,” Warne said.

“I believe I am a victim of anti-doping hysteria.” I also want to emphasise that I have never used and will never use performance-enhancing medications.

The Independent quoted Warne as saying, “I feel a 12-month suspension is a very harsh penalty for not checking what I took with anyone. Playing for Australia and Victoria is my love. I would never knowingly put that in jeopardy. I love playing cricket too much”.

Diuretics are often used to help with weight reduction by clearing the body of extra fluids, but they are prohibited in sports because they can hide the detection of steroids in the system.

Brigitte Warne, Warne’s mother, handed him the Moduretic before he walked in front of the cameras to announce his intention to retire from one-day international cricket following the World Cup.

Following his ban, Warne returned to cricket, taking over 1,000 wickets in Tests and one-day internationals until retiring from international cricket in January 2007.

The 52 YO, passed away on Friday after suffering a massive heart attack in Thailand.


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