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Allegations of banned substance use at Manly in 2011

Sporting News Sporting News 29/04/2016

<p>Manly Sea Eagles players.</p> © Sporting News

Manly Sea Eagles players.

Channel Nine journo Danny Weidler is reporting that Manly players allegedly received a banned substance during the 2011 season.

Weidler reports a man named Darren Hibbert, who is central to the ASADA saga, provided the substance inositol, which is similar to EPO and is banned in horse racing.

"It made the players unstoppable," Hibbert told Weidler in a statement. 

The substance was allegedly provided to players after the 2011 State of Origin series and without the knowledge of coach Des Hasler or the players themselves.

Manly are denying any knowledge of the incident and none of their players have ever returned a positive drug test. 

It is unkown why Hibbert is coming forward now. 

Similar to a vitamin, inositol is naturally occuring but can be made in laboratories. 

It is primarily used for nerve pain, high-cholesterol, skin disorders and to treat a variety of mental health issues. 

A drug called myo-inositol trispyrophosphate (ITPP) increases the amount of oxygen hypoxic tissues and increases maximal exercise capacity. 

Inositol isn't on the World Anti-Doping Agency banned substance list. 

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