[Cevdopagem] Lightweight faces ban for marijuana

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Lightweight faces ban for marijuana
By David Marsh and Jonathan Cook, Perth
January 14, 2006

WEST AUSTRALIAN boxer Anthony Little will be fighting for his sporting 
career when he travels to Melbourne to face the Court of Arbitration in 
Sport on Wednesday after testing positive to marijuana.

If found guilty, the 24-year-old could be banned from the sport for up to 
two years, costing him his place in the Australian team to contest the 
Commonwealth Games.

Little, 24, tested positive to marijuana after winning the lightweight gold 
medal at the Australian selection trials in Melbourne in August.

He will strongly defend the charge, stating the positive reading was a 
result of passive smoking while a passenger in a car.

Little's Perth-based trainer Geoff Peterson, Australia's assistant boxing 
trainer at the 2004 Athens Olympics, attributed the positive test to 
Little's home environment.

"Anthony plays football for one of the Geraldton (450 kilometres north of 
Perth) teams," Peterson said yesterday. "During the season, he regularly 
travels to Mullewa for matches. That means 70 minutes' travel each way in a 
car with several other people. Some of them smoke marijuana, though Anthony 
didn't."

Peterson hopes that, if found guilty, Little will receive no more than a 
caution. "It is unjust and unfair," Peterson said. "Anyway, marijuana is not 
a performance-enhancing drug."

Boxing Australia has had marijuana on the prohibitive list for only a year.

Australian coach Bodo Andreass has declined to discuss Little's situation, 
except to confirm that due to the positive test, Little had been replaced in 
the Australian team for last year's world championships.

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