Tjoka, Lesole fail drug tests

…face two-year sus­pen­sions for us­ing banned per­for­manceen­hanc­ing drugs dur­ing last year’s High Altitude Sum­mer Marathon

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

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.

Ma­p­athe said of the M100 000 and

High Altitude Sum­mer Marathon win­ner, Mamoroallo Tjoka

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