Australian Football League player who tampered with urine samples gets backdated two-year ban

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Australian Football League (AFL) player Willie Rioli will be able to return to the field this August. Riolo, who has been provisionally suspended since September 2019, was found guilty of twice tampering with his urine sample during two separate anti-doping tests, reports The Guardian . Rioli, 25, tested positive for a metabolite of cannabis following a match in September 2019. He had faced a possible four-year ban for the infractions. Medical cannabis trial underway for Australian football players with chronic pain Australian company develops cannabis formula to protect athletes against brain injuries Ricky Williams reveals the reason he started consuming cannabis According to reports, Rioli’s guilty admission resulted in the ban being reduced from the maximum four years. In a statement posted to the West Coast Eagles website, the team noted that Rioli will be able to resume training with the team on June 20. “We are pleased for Willie that this ordeal is now over and he has some clarity around his future,” said Trevor Nisbett, CEO of the West Coast Eagles. “We look forward to him returning to the club and resuming what is an integral part of his life.” Rioli echoed Nisbett’s sentiments. “I am very relieved that this long process has now ended,” he said. “The stress of waiting for the outcome over a long period of time has been difficult for me and my family. I realize I have done wrong things and I have learned from it. I am sorry for letting people down. I am looking forward to putting all this behind me and playing footy again soon.” Last year, a medical cannabis trial was launched with retired AFL players at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne and Emerald Clinics in Perth. The trials, conducted by Zelira Therapeutics, a medical cannabis company, sought to…

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