Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Maitua Suspended Following Drug Test; Positive Result Puts Career on Line

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Maitua Suspended Following Drug Test; Positive Result Puts Career on Line

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RENI Maitua's rugby league career appears in tatters after the Cronulla forward was suspended by the NRL for testing positive to a banned substance.

The former international tested positive to Clenbuterol, an anabolic agent used to improve muscle mass and reduce body fat, following a routine Australian Sports Drug Agency test three weeks ago.

The NRL imposed a provisional suspension effective immediately, pending the results of tests on Maitua's B sample.

Clenbuterol is on the World Anti-Doping agency's prohibited list, with a doping offence in relation to its use leading to a possible two-year ban.

Maitua and his manager Sam Ayoub met with Sharks chief executive Tony Zappia in Sydney last night, Maitua avoiding the waiting media scrum by escaping through a back exit.

The positive test continues a wretched year for both the NRL and the Sharks, both dogged by a succession of off-field atrocities.

The last high-profile athlete to test positive for Clenbuterol was American swimmer Jessica Hardy, who missed last year's Beijing Olympics as a result of a positive test at the US trials. …

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