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Bacho Salam allegedly fails ASADA test


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North Queensland Cowboys centre Bacho Salam allegedly fails ASADA test
Adrian Proszenko
MAY 13 2017 - 8:00PM

One of rugby league's most promising young players is facing the prospect of a four-year ban after allegedly testing positive for a banned substance.

North Queensland centre Bacho Salam has allegedly failed a random Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority test earlier this year in the latest drugs drama to rock the code. While he is entitled to continue his playing career until he receives notification of the result of his B sample, the Cowboys and Salam have agreed for him to stand down.

The 20-year-old hasn't played for more than a month and any suspension he serves can be backdated to his last game.

Salam is alleged to have taken a supplement obtained outside the club that had only recently been added to the World Anti-Doping Agency banned list. It is likely he will seek a reduced sanction, given he inadvertently took an illegal substance, although the onus is on athletes to ensure anything they ingest complies with the WADA code.

The Cowboys and the NRL declined to comment.

"As a matter of policy, ASADA does not comment on testing or test results," an ASADA spokesperson said.

"Our legislation ensures that athletes and support persons have their privacy protected."

It is believed the Salam case is an isolated incident and no other Cowboys players are being investigated. The Cowboys are giving Salam the appropriate welfare support and hope that, given his age, he will be able to resume his rugby league career at some stage.

Salam has long been considered a future NRL player after making his name at renowned rugby league nursery St Brendan's College. He has already tasted representative football after he was called up to the Queensland under-20s State of Origin team last year as a late replacement for injured centre Will Brimson.

News of Salam's situation comes just a week after Jarrod Mullen was officially suspended for four years for use of the prohibited substance Drostanolone. The NRL's anti-doping tribunal, chaired by former high Court Judge Ian Callinan AC QC, found Mullen guilty of the use and presence of the anabolic steroid.


Mark O Mac

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Apr 20, 2010
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Just saw this on Facebook.

Kind of sounds like he's just bought the wrong kind of supplement that's had a banned ingredient in it. Hopefully that is the case. I can accept one mistake. (Wether ASADA can is an entirely different equation.)

Stupidly enough, it's probably from an over the counter supplement that you or I could buy at the local supplement shop. And I doubt it would make us perform any better than we do.