Officials at New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) have announced that the use of anabolic steroids on horses in and out of competition will be banned, effective May 1, 2014. The new ban will apply to horses over six months of age.
The current rules of racing in the country prohibit anabolic steroids on racedays only. There will be a zero-tolerance approach taken on anabolic steroids, according the NZTR Chief Executive Greg Purcell.
"While the use of anabolic steroids has not been a major problem in New Zealand, it was important we take a clear and definitive position in the interests of integrity and public perceptions of thoroughbred racing in New Zealand," he commented. "There’s no place for performance-enhancing drugs in our sport and this is testament to our commitment."
Last month, the Australian Racing Board announced its own ban on anabolic steroids, both in and out of competition.
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