SA’s anti-dop­ing vi­o­la­tions in num­bers

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The num­ber of South African sports­men and women who were caught dop­ing in the 2014/15 sea­son. Most of the pos­i­tive tests were for an­abolic agents, which are typ­i­cally used by ath­letes to bulk up. Ath­letes from schools, who were also found to have traces of il­le­gal sub­stances in their sys­tems. A to­tal of 173 urine tests were car­ried out in terms of the schools’ test­ing pro­to­cols be­tween the SA In­sti­tute for Drug-Free Sport (Saids) and par­tic­i­pat­ing schools. Of the 30 pos­i­tive tests, 11 were from rugby, nine from ath­let­ics and six from cy­cling (four road cy­clists and two moun­tain bik­ers). Two pow­er­lifters were found to have il­licit prod­ucts in their sys­tems, with one each from wrestling and judo. The to­tal num­ber of tests

dur­ing the year lead­ing up to March 2015, with rugby, ath­let­ics and cy­cling ac­count­ing for most of these.

tests were car­ried out by Saids, which was com­prised of 402 EPO (ery­thro­poi­etin) tests and 309 blood tests. The ap­prox­i­mate amount that

spends an­nu­ally in the fight against dop­ing. Th­ese fig­ures are con­tained in the lat­est an­nual

Saids re­port

It has now been sus­pended from con­duct­ing anti-dop­ing test­ing for an un­de­ter­mined pe­riod af­ter the IAAF im­posed a tem­po­rary ban on Rus­sian ath­let­ics a fort­night ago.

“Saids has a risk-man­age­ment strat­egy to mit­i­gate against pos­si­ble rogue of­fi­cials who may at­tempt to per­vert the dop­ing-con­trol sys­tem in the coun­try,” said Galant.

He added that he did not have much knowl­edge about the sta­tus of Kenyan ath­let­ics.

A few weeks ago, Kenyan Olympic Com­mit­tee chair­per­son Kip­choge Keino warned that Wada was se­ri­ously con­sid­er­ing ban­ning the coun­try from track and field events for four years be­cause of cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions against se­nior fig­ures in Ath­let­ics Kenya.

NO TO DOP­ING SA In­sti­tute for DrugFree Sport CEO Khalid

Galant

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