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Cycling, doping & the importance of due process: A review of the Karl Murray case

Cycling, doping & the importance of due process: A review of the Karl Murray case
Monday, 20 November 2017 By Ani Ghazikhanian

In a decision1 dated 13 October 2017, a Panel from Sports Tribunal of New Zealand found cyclist Karl Murray liable for committing an anti-doping rule violation. Murray was competing in the Tour of Northland when he tested positive for Clenbuterol2 in a sample provided on 18 March 2017.

This article reviews the Tribunal’s decision, looking specifically at:

  • The facts of the case;

  • The relevant regulations, namely the Board of Drug Free Sport New Zealand Sports Anti-Doping Rules (2017);3

  • The Court’s reasoning and decision;

  • Why the sanction has been postponed.

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Ani Ghazikhanian

Ani Ghazikhanian

Ani Ghazikhanian is a business and tort litigation attorney in Los Angeles. She focuses her practice on complex civil litigation matters. She has experience in all aspects of litigation as well as conducting discovery, pre-trial motion practice, pleadings, research, hearings, mediations, and settlement negotiations. 
Ani has previously served as a legal intern with the Minnesota Vikings Football organization as well as with LawInSport.
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