DOPING VIOLATION Two-year sanction: use and possession of Human Growth Hormone
25 August 2009
The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) today welcomed the decision of the International Federation of Body Builders (IFBB) Anti-Doping Commission Hearing Panel to impose a two-year sanction on Rhommel Pardilanan for the possession and use of Human Growth Hormone (hGH).
ASADA investigators received information alerting them to a doctor supplying hGH (brand name SciTropin) to an athlete. Investigations revealed that Mr Pardilanan purchased and used hGH on four different occasions during 2006 and 2007.
Based on the investigation findings, Mr Pardilanan was placed onto the ASADA Register of Findings for a doping violation on 5 February 2009. The case was then referred by ASADA to the IFBB for a ruling.
On 19 July 2009, the IFBB Anti-Doping Commission Hearing Panel found Mr Pardilanan guilty of the possession and use of hGH and issued him with a two-year sanction from sports.
Listed as a prohibited substance both in-competition and out-of-competition under the World Anti-Doping Code, hGH displays anabolic properties which increases muscle mass and power. It is also considered to be an ergogenic drug.
One of the most common side effects of hGH misuse is acromegaly. The onset of this disorder begins with an overgrowth of bone and connective tissue that leads to a change in facial appearance, such as a protruding jaw and eyebrow bones. Acromegaly can also lead to abnormal growth of the hands and feet, and a shortened life expectancy.
Mr Pardilanan will be ineligible to participate as an athlete or support person in sport until 4 February 2011.
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