Tjoka, Lesole fail drug tests
…face two-year suspensions for using banned performanceenhancing drugs during last year’s High Altitude Summer Marathon
Athletics heavyweights ‘Mamoroallo tjoka and sekeke lesole are the two local runners who failed drug-tests after coming first and second in last year’s edition of the 42.2 kilometre high Altitude summer Marathon.
tjoka clinched the female edition of the race for the second year in a row, while lesole was runner-up to lebenya Nkoka in the male section of the lucrative competition held every year in Mokhotlong.
lesotho Amateur Athletics Association (LAAA) public relations officer, Sejanamane Maphathe, confirmed to the Lesotho Times this week that the two athletes would be hauled before a disciplinary hearing “in two weeks’ time” where their fate would be decided.
According to Maphathe, both athletes had since been informed that their blood samples taken after the 6 December 2014 race had tested positive for an unnamed but illegal performance-enhancing drug.
“the two athletes now know that they are the ones who tested positive for some banned substances during the high Altitude summer Marathon last year and will soon be hauled before a disciplinary hearing,” said Maphathe.
“i cannot say much about this matter because everything will be discussed during the hearing, which is expected to be held within the next two weeks.”
tjoka’s mobile-phone rang unanswered when the Lesotho Times sought her side of the story this week, while lesole’s was continually on voicemail. however, the Lesotho Times has learnt that LAAA laws stipulate that athletes who test positive for banned substances face a minimum ban of two years from the sport.
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High Altitude Summer Marathon winner, Mamoroallo Tjoka