Posts Tagged ‘moustache’
Ryohei Yamanaka, a fly-half for the national team, is awaiting the result of a second test to confirm that the hair growth cream he rubbed on his top lip did contain a banned steroid.
If that result is also positive, which appears likely, the 22-year-old player is likely to face a ban of a minimum of six months – ruling him out of Brave Blossoms’ squad for the World Cup that kicks off in New Zealand on September 9.
In a worst-case scenario, Yamanaka could be banned for as much as two years as the Japan Rugby Football Union takes a notoriously dim view of drugs in the sport.
Christian Loamanu, a Tongan who represented Japan in the 2007 World Cup, was banned from playing rugby in Japan for life by the national board after two tests in 2009 came back positive for marijuana.
The International Rugby Board had only recommended a suspension of between three and six months for the player, but the final say rested with the national authorities…
John Kirwan, the New Zealand-born coach of the Japan national team, said it took the team 24 hours to figure out exactly what he had taken that had triggered the positive result.
Rugby players in Japan tend to affect a little bit of facial hair, he said, and the fresh-faced Yamanaka was almost certainly merely trying to hurry the process along by buying an over-the-counter ointment and failing to read the label…
Yamanaka apologise to Japanese rugby fans through his Twitter site after being sent home, saying, “I am deeply sorry for causing such problems.”
He didn’t cause the problem. The waffle-brains running his sport are the problem. Throw in the blivets who sanction athletes using “performance-enhancing” drugs like marijuana and you have the trifecta of dumb.