Sharks' medics not to blame for positive test

LOGAN SAVORY
Last updated 05:00 28/05/2014

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The Southland Sharks say the Gareth Dawson drug saga did not involve any of their medical staff.

Dawson confirmed on Monday he had returned a positive drug test and had been stood down by the National Basketball League organisation. He faces a two-year ban.

Dawson said he had been prescribed medicine for a pre-existing medical condition and that he and his doctor were unaware it was banned by Drug Sport NZ.

Southland Sharks general manager Jill Bolger said the prescription was not written by team doctor Greg Kassel or team physio Margaret Harp.

"This script was written by another doctor earlier this year before the team assembled. Greg and Margaret knew nothing of it until the positive test was returned," Bolger said.

Sharks board spokesman Gareth Davis said players have been reminded of the need to advise Sharks management of any prescription medicines they are taking.

"We are also making sure they tell their doctor they may be drug tested as an athlete," Davis said.

He said Dawson had chosen to stand down from the team while the B sample was tested, but he is now suspended until a Drug Free Sport NZ hearing at a date to be confirmed.

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- The Southland Times

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