1 Sep 2009

Hunter Galvan will not be considered for London 2012

6:05 am on 1 September 2009

The New Zealand Olympic Committee has confirmed that drugs cheat Liza Hunter Galvan will be inelegible for selection for next year's Commonwealth Games in Delhi and the London Olympics in 2012.

The NZOC anti-doping policy states that any athlete found by an anti-doping disciplinary panel to have committed an anti-doping rule violation for the use of prohibited substances is ineligible for selection into an NZOC team for the next Games following the date of expiry of the period of ineligibility imposed by the Sports Tribunal.

Hunter Galvan was found guilty of taking EPO earlier this year and received a 2 year ban.

The NZOC remains confident that the New Zealand athletes are proud to compete cleanly on the world's stage and that this violation is a very regrettable but isolated incident.

Of 1111 New Zealand Olympians, Ms Hunter Galvan is just the fourth New Zealand Olympic athlete to have tested positive for banned substances.