Zimbabwe signs up to Keep Rugby Clean

(IRB.COM) Thursday 21 November 2013
 Zimbabwe signs up to Keep Rugby Clean
Three players from Zimbabwe have been suspended after anti-doping violations

The Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) has reaffirmed its commitment to enhanced anti-doping education after suspensions were handed down to three international age-grade players.

Simbarashe Micheal Chirara, Dylan Coetzee and Ian Wilson Muza were all suspended after testing positive for the prohibited substance anabolic androgenic steroids at the 2012 IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy in Salt Lake City, Utah.

With concern expressed by the IRB regarding anti-doping education in age-grade Rugby in Zimbabwe, the global governing body has established a pilot project in the Union to strengthen education and testing, with a focus on age-grade players in schools and events from the beginning of 2014.

The programme will be based on the IRB’s successful Keep Rugby Clean education initiative and will be run in partnership with the Zimbabwe National Olympic Committee, the World Anti-Doping Agency and Africa Zone VI Anti-Doping Organisation.

IRB Anti-Doping Manager for Testing and Education, Ilaria Baudo, said "I would like to thank the ZRU for their commitment to prioritising anti-doping education within the Rugby family.”

"It's important that players and administrators understand that there is no place for doping in sport, and education has a major role to play in that process. That is why we are pleased to be delivering this pilot scheme.”

"The sessions were very valuable to the Zimbabwean Union and I expect they will be of great benefit in the future."

Chirara provided an out of competition sample prior to the tournament, which was found to contain 19-norandrosterone and 19-noretiocholanolone, which are metabolites of nandrolone. He took no part in the tournament and was given a two year ban with six months suspended. His sanction will run until 15 Dec 2013.

Read the full written judgement here.

Coetzee provided an out of competition sample at the tournament which was also found to contain nandrolone. He was given a 2 year sanction which will end on 21 June 2014.

Read the full written judgement here.

Muza was given a two year sanction after the sample he provided out of competition at the tournament was found to contain the presence of stanozolol. His sanction will run until 28 June 2014.

Read the full written judgement here.

The IRB operates a zero-tolerance policy on doping. Players are solely responsible for any prohibited substance found in their body.

These cases highlight the inherent dangers of steroid abuse and the need for players, especially age-grade players, to educate themselves of the risks involved in taking prohibited substances. 

The IRB has in place a comprehensive education programme which continues to evolve on www.keeprugbyclean.com. The latest e-learning programme highlights the dangers and consequences of doping.