The first athlete to return a positive test for the “party” drug BZP (benzylpiperazine) has raised concerns for the New Zealand Sports Drug Agency.
BZP is a commonly distributed social drug thought by many to be quite innocent. It is contained in a wide variety of pills with names such as “Blast”, “Charge”, “Frenzy”, and “Rapture” but there are many more.
“We do our best to inform athletes of all drugs on the World Agency’s prohibited list” said Agency executive director Graeme Steel. “BZP was not specifically named on the prohibited list but it has been classified by WADA as a stimulant with performance-enhancing potential. All athletes need be aware that BZP is banned and there can be serious consequences from a positive test.”
“The role of the Agency is simply to confirm that the drug was present in the sample and that the process was reliable, we do not investigate all the circumstances which may have impacted on that”. Steel said.
“The sport involved will now be required to undertake a hearing to decide what to do.”
For more information contact: Graeme Steel Executive Director NZ Sports Drug Agency
09 521 5706
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