Kirra Seidel has tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone.
Kirra Seidel has tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone. Cade Mooney/cm190239

Triathlete Kirra Seidel banned for doping

SUNSHINE COAST triathlete Kirra Seidel has tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone.

The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has imposed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation sanction and she  will be banned from competition for two years.

Her positive test was detected at the Chizhou Continental Cup race in China on May 18, 2013.

A statement released  by Triathlon Australia said: "A hearing panel convened by the ITU issued a sanction to Ms Seidel which includes disqualification from her first place in the Chizhou event, and a two-year period of ineligibility from competing in triathlon events.  Her two year period of ineligibility commenced retrospectively from August 2, 2013, and will continue until August 1, 2015."    

Anne Gripper, CEO of Triathlon Australia said any anti-doping rule violation is disappointing for the sport, despite its clean record.

"Triathlon is a modern sport with a contemporary culture in which athletes are proud to compete cleanly. Australia has been free of doping issues in triathlon for almost 10 years, " said Ms Gripper.  "But we cannot put our head in the sand and think that triathlon is completely free from doping"

"Ms Seidel has indicated that she regularly uses a particular type of supplement which claims to have performance effects similar to increased testosterone. Given the number of research studies which have demonstrated the prevalence of supplements being contaminated with prohibited substances, this is another unfortunate and salutary reminder to athletes that taking supplements may create a significant risk to their sporting and personal integrity."