Saturday 21 September 2019

Springboks wing faces doping ban

Dyanti said at the time of the original positive test:
Dyanti said at the time of the original positive test: "I want to deny ever taking any prohibited substance, intentionally or negligently. (stock photo)

South Africa and Golden Lions wing Aphiwe Dyantyi is facing a four-year ban after testing positive for multiple anabolic steroids.

Dyantyi - World Rugby's Breakthrough Player of the Year in 2018 - has pleaded his innocence since he was informed of the failed test on August 13, from a sample taken on July 2.

Following that positive test, the 25-year-old requested for his B-sample to also be tested, but the South African Institute for Drug Free Sport (Saids) confirmed that the second sample matched the first, with banned substances metandienone, methyltestosterone and LGD-4033 all present.

Dyanti said at the time of the original positive test: "I want to deny ever taking any prohibited substance, intentionally or negligently.

"I have never cheated and never will. The presence of this substance in my body has come as a massive shock to me, and my team are doing everything we can to get to the source of this and prove my innocence.

"Taking any prohibited substance would not only be irresponsible and something that I would never intentionally do, it would also be senseless and stupid."

(© Daily Telegraph, London)

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