SA’s anti-doping violations in numbers
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
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.
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