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CityPress - - Sport - – SA In­sti­tute for Drug-Free Sport

“How­ever, our ed­u­ca­tion and aware­ness pro­gramme does not guar­an­tee that ath­letes will not cheat or claim that ‘they did not know’.

“Thozama April is a pro­fes­sional ath­lete who has a diploma in sports man­age­ment and was tested be­fore this event. The tri­bunal did not ac­cept her ar­gu­ment that she did not know. She also did not re­veal what the pos­si­ble sources of dop­ing pos­i­tives could have been, so in­ad­ver­tent/ac­ci­den­tal dop­ing could not be con­sid­ered.”

April rep­re­sented the coun­try at the IAAF World Half Marathon Cham­pi­onships in Nan­ning, China, in 2010, where she came 50th.

She joined another marathon run­ner, Mar­tinique Pot­gi­eter (25), who is serv­ing a two-year ban af­ter test­ing pos­i­tive for a stim­u­lant and a di­uretic af­ter fin­ish­ing ninth in the Com­rades Marathon last year.

She was the only run­ner who failed among the 20 who were tested at the fa­mous ul­tra­ma­rathon.

South African 100m record holder Si­mon Ma­gakwe is also serv­ing a twoyear ban af­ter fail­ing to sub­mit to dop­ing con­trols in an out-of­com­pe­ti­tion test last year. Since 2010, 19 marathon run­ners have tested pos­i­tive for banned sub­stances in South Africa. The most com­mon stim­u­lants found in these tests have been methyl­hex­aneamine and nan­drolone. The for­mer is used mainly as a fat metaboliser or burner, while nan­drolone is an an­abolic steroid. Four­teen of the 19 run­ners who tested pos­i­tive were found to have one of these two sub­stances in their sys­tems.

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