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Friday, August 11, 2006

Only in New Zealand 

Holy shit, an athlete actually admits he took a banned substance:
Mark Dickel has been suspended from New Zealand's two-match basketball series against Qatar after testing positive for cannabis use.
Dickel was randomly tested after a Tall Blacks' test against Australia in Napier last month and his A sample has produced a positive result, Basketball New Zealand (BBNZ) said today.
BBNZ said while his B sample had not yet returned from the testing laboratory, Dickel had admitted the offence and accepted violating the Tall Blacks team code.
"We encourage the Tall Blacks to act as role models for young Kiwis and this is clearly not what we stand for," New Zealand coach Tab Baldwin said.
"From our point of view, it is extremely disappointing.
"Mark knows he has let a lot of people down and must now face the consequences."
The veteran point guard will take no active part in the series against Qatar, that starts tonight in Dunedin before the second test in Invercargill on Sunday.
BBNZ said Dickel had advised Drug Free Sport New Zealand he would not dispute the testing procedures and awaited the official result of tests on his B sample.

Still what a fucking joke, pot is not a performance enhancing substance so why is it being tested for?

If we want athletes to be role models for children then we should judge them by their on-court performances and public appearances.

Not by intruding into their private lives and damning them for partaking in mild recreational substances in their own free time.

Dickel's no cheat.

The shockwaves that will go through the Kiwi rugby league public next week if and when the identify of the alleged ex-Kiwi/Warriors rapist, who currently has name suppression, will be like nothing you've ever seen.


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